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    I found this nail while looking for arrowheads.

    I believe it is really old and am looking for any info on age... or anything really!

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    What it appears you have is a late 18th century nail. I really like them. NOW, you need to get some microcrystalline wax and a steel container and propane torch. Put the wax in the steel container (outside), and the nail in the wax. Start to heat SLOWLY until it melts. Don't do it on the deck, it can catch on fire, so have some water or fire extinguisher on hand. The wax will melt completely. THEN air bubbles will start to come out of your spike. When the bubbles start to greatly diminish turn off the torch, get some tongs and grab the nail out of the wax and put on a paper towel to blot off the excess wax. If you don't do that, in 6 months you'll have a pile of rust.
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    I frequently find similar nails on 1750s French & Indian War encampments and other 18th century sites. Here are pictures from two F & I War sites showing these type of nails, They are Wagon Strake Spikes and were used to secure the iron wheel rim to the wooden wheel.

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    See page 7 of this attachment. Fort Ligonier is where I found my first one of these at age 6.
    Early Nails 2.pdf
    Last edited by Steve in PA; Sep 16, 2020 at 12:15 PM.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 30
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

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    Cool relics!

 

 

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