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My husband made his first pair of these almost ten years ago from date nails he collected hopping trains in Northern California and the Southwest. Now you can have some too! Handmade soldered steampunk cufflinks made from a pair of 1935 vintage railway date nails mounted on silver plated cuff links!.
About Railroad Date Nails: In the later half of the 1800s, North American railroads began to experiment with treated railroad ties as tracks were put down across the nation. Marking the ties as they went onto the track helped keep track of the life and maintenance of different ties. By the 1890s, date nails became the chosen method, with the year of installation stamped on the head of the nail. It is sometimes possible to trace different companies through the shape and markings on the nail. Like railroads, date nails were most used in the 1930s and almost completely disappeared by the 1970s.
MATERIALS & MEASUREMENTS:
These are sturdy SOLDERED cufflinks - NOT glued like most of the others cufflinks you will see - I use a two step silver soldering method to preserve the quality and integrity of the piece without frying it by applying direct flame like the torch soldering, so there is less burnt metal for a cleaner solder. Guaranteed to last. Each pair has a protective translucent coating to preserve the antique patina while keeping your shirt clean. The nails measure about 5/8" - see photos for details! I have also included an image of another pair of uniform button cufflinks with an original photo showing a railway worker for the Pennsylvania Railroad so you can see the button and a nail in context. :)
A great gift for your father, brother, husband, groomsman, friend, colleague, or boyfriend!
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Mens Steampunk Cufflinks Soldered Vintage Brass Railroad 1935 Date Nail Vintage Upcycled Mens Cuff Links by Compass Rose Design
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- Materials: cuff links, cufflinks, watch parts, steampunk cufflinks, watch cufflinks, solder soldered, engineer uniforms, antique railroadiana, antique uniform button, train button, 1938 date nail, iron nail
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