Shown at left is Tremont's standard Clout Nail: It was and is also used for furniture repair, cabinet work, batten doors and counter tops. The high resistance to corrosion is due to how low carbon iron oxidizes, or rusts. Timber framing using post and beam construction with mortise and tenon joint connections was used in Europe for at least years before it was first employed in North America. A healthy skepticism is your best defense against a fake.
The earliest forged nails are identified by their irregular shanks and hammer marks on both shanks and heads.
How to Identify the Age of Furniture by the Nails
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