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I've found Mr.Jones - nail expert

Post by WVAM » Sat May 13, 2017 4:54 pm

If you've ever wanted to know more about your nails then Mr. Richard Jones is the man to go to.

I've just spoken with him and he says he is happy to help with identification (not sure he knows what he's let himself in for) but asks you look as his site first. His website has contact details although it's a little difficult to navigate.

Anyway - your nail man is here www.historicnails.com

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Post by Apricot Lil » Sat May 13, 2017 5:03 pm

Haha! How did you find that website? I was googling like it was an Olympic sport and didn't stumble across it! :-O
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Post by Phil2401 » Sat May 13, 2017 5:09 pm

So, Chris - eagerly awaiting to hear if you've found a Viking longship....

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Post by WVAM » Sat May 13, 2017 5:16 pm

Lil,
it was easy. I just spoke to him on the phone and he told me the website address.

My search approach was:

"Nail Expert Wales" - Welsh paper gave me his full name - Richard Jones
"Richard Jones Nail Collection" - got me to here http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/1 ... ollection/

And at the bottom is his phone number - ta da! :D

Seemed like a nice chap and apparently someone from Bulgaria had managed to find him too. I hope he realises how many nails people find.

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Post by WVAM » Sat May 13, 2017 5:18 pm

Phil2401 wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 5:09 pm
So, Chris - eagerly awaiting to hear if you've found a Viking longship....

Phil
Viking Longship - dull; but a good nail is a thing of beauty :))

I'd like to find anything Viking ........in fact, I'd like to find anything!

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Post by Apricot Lil » Sat May 13, 2017 5:19 pm

Phil2401 wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 5:09 pm
So, Chris - eagerly awaiting to hear if you've found a Viking longship....

Phil
Hi Phil,
Just to save any confusion, Chris (WVAM) is not my Chris who was hoping for the longship. :D
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Post by Apricot Lil » Sat May 13, 2017 5:23 pm

WVAM wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 5:16 pm
Lil,
it was easy. I just spoke to him on the phone and he told me the website address.

My search approach was:

"Nail Expert Wales" - Welsh paper gave me his full name - Richard Jones
"Richard Jones Nail Collection" - got me to here http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/1 ... ollection/

And at the bottom is his phone number - ta da! :D

Seemed like a nice chap and apparently someone from Bulgaria had managed to find him too. I hope he realises how many nails people find.
Ah, well you see I did find that article with the phone number but it was from 2013 and I didn't know if he'd still be there...and I kinda chickened out, phone calls with strangers aren't my strong point.
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Re: I've found Mr.Jones - nail expert

Post by Phil2401 » Sat May 13, 2017 5:28 pm

WVAM wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 5:18 pm
Phil2401 wrote:
Sat May 13, 2017 5:09 pm
So, Chris - eagerly awaiting to hear if you've found a Viking longship....

Phil
Viking Longship - dull; but a good nail is a thing of beauty :))

I'd like to find anything Viking ........in fact, I'd like to find anything!
It was kind of an 'in' joke WVAM - I agree - everything, even a humble nail, has a history and you never know what research might reveal.

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Re: I've found Mr.Jones - nail expert

Post by WVAM » Sun May 14, 2017 4:11 pm

Well I sent Mr (Dick) Jones a picture (attached) with size details and patination colour and here's his reply. Nothing amazing but a bit more history. Looks like he will be a useful resource.

Your nail looks to me to be a 17th century bronze ships nail,I assume that you found this one near to a naval ship repair or ship building yard,they are mostly found along the waterline of rivers most of mine came from the Medway, these nails would have been made by hand out of bronze rod, cut for length and placed in an obore and headed by hand or using a trip hammer but as the head is off center suggest that it was made by hand.

Nailers were expected to produce 1,000 nails per day and if they struck the head off center they would strike the ejector and the nail would fall into the bin, it is quite common to see nails with off center heads, some times if they are military nails you will find the military broad arrow stamped on them
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