Midday sun casts shadows on a display of old Mason jars and nails at the 2017 Anacortes Shipwreck Fest. A date nail is a nail with the date stamped in its head. For example, a nail with a “12” is from 1912. They are usually 2 1/2″ long, with 1/4″ shanks. Date nails were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. Most date nails are steel, though many are copper, aluminum, malleable iron or brass.
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