STUFF: Hidden Treasures: Railroad Date Nails

Look what a wonderful little treasure was hiding in a friends attic, just waiting to be found by us! One of Meg’s old co-workers happened to mention that she had all of these wonderful old railroad nails laying around in her attic. She wondered if we would like them; our answer…Heck YES!

Along with tons of documentation about, who, what, when and where these things were used, from what we understand, we’ve got pieces as old as the early 1900′s! Apparently collecting date nails used to be a big hobby. This is a copy of an article written about it in a Collecting Newsletter!

I’ve found the number 1 more than once, 1901~ wow! Some have the number stamped into the face, and some are cast with the number raised off the head. Apparently it depends on how old and which railroad line it was whether they are raised or stamped into the head.

I love the square heads, so rugged and strong. They were created for a function and they perform it beautifully. Now that is good design!

Now Meg and I get to do what we love best; create something new out of something old. It’s not hard to be inspired seeing the history and beauty of these old stamped headed nails so we have tons of inspiration! What a great base of typography to jump off of. Our heads are spinning and we can’t wait to share with you our future products from Green Couch! Stay tuned.

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Cale

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A student of life, with a degree in architectural design. I have a passion to see design change our world for better, and to grow the worlds greatest garden!

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2 Responses to “STUFF: Hidden Treasures: Railroad Date Nails”
  1. 08.08.2013

    Love the nails, what a find.

    I have a small collection of these as well. I also use old square nails as doorknobs on my historic birdhouses. So many uses for them.

    What have you done with these nails in the last couple years?


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