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Saw these and had to have them....didn't even know what they were. But I did know that they were iron, they were corroded, they had numbers on them and there were 13 of them. Seriously, how could I pass that up???

Now I have learned that these were nails used when railroad track sections needed replacing. By numbering them with the year they were created, They are approximatly 2 1/2" long, the railroad company could keep track of how long a tie had been in place (as opposed to creating an excel spreadsheet and creating a timeline of eventual projected replacement which would then be texted to every railroad employee.) Ahhhh, simpler times.

Now, I'm making this set of 13 nails available to you. Use them in your house, created art projects, heck, nail your friends! These are an amazing piece of railroad history. But they are also a funky, rusty, oddity sort of collection and that's what life is all about, right?

Numbers include:
51 X 2
47 X 2
52 or 25, depending on your perspective
55 X 2
39 (bent)

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Set of 13 antique railroad dated iron nails - crusty, rusty and ready for use


  • Vintage Supply from the 1950s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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