Re: Crates, Chests and Boxes... oh my!! - And Markings.
- Hi All;
Seeing and handling artifacts is of course the best way to learn about
furnishings of the era. But when you can't do that, we have some
dealers on the web who make an excellent presentation. Among these is
SALE Mid 18th C. Walnut Document Box w/ Strap Hinges and Lock
Antiques : Primitives : Document Box
Now, I'm not saying "we should use this kind of chest in camp." What I
am saying is that we can learn a lot by studying original woodworking
These are some gorgeous detail images.
Can't help but notice that the bottom is attached with a combination
of nails and pegs.
Also, from time to time, one sees an 18th or 19th century chest with
the dovetails done 'backwards,' with the keys on the side rather than
on the front. This doesn't make sense, because in that direction, the
dovetail can easily pull apart. Inexplicable. Yet it was done from
time to time - I don't recommend it though. <;)
It looks like it might have had compartments at one time. Very
On thing about antiques though... anywhere, whether in a pricey shoppe
or at the flea, is that there is seldom a 'sure thing.' I have been
known to smell and even taste items before I reach for the wallet and
I've still fooled myself once or twice.
But this item is very nicely photographed and has a lot of good
characteristics, so i thought I'd pass it along.
- Nails from Fort Stanwix.
I just wanted to follow up with a worthwhile resource for this topic.
âCasemates and Cannonballsâ has a section about nails recovered during
the archaeological investigations at Fort Stanwix.
âRose-head (fig 31a) Rose-head nails appear in all sizes but not all
specimens of this type have rounded heads; many were flat with only
short slopes near the edges.â p. 51.
[In other words - the term ârose-headâ is used in a sense similar to
Band-Aid, Coke or Kleenex, rather than precisely.]
Fig. 31 indeed shows a range of spikes and nails. Only a few examples
of the approximately 24,600 nails found are illustrated, of course.
A few examples are nails in the range of 1-5 / 8â to 2-1 / 8â These
tend to have tapered square shanks ending in a sharp point, and
flattened or just slightly domed heads.
There are some larger nails in the range of 4-1 / 4â to 4-1 / 2â, one
of which has something resembling a ârose-head'.
Several large spikes are illustrated also, 6 to 8â in length, as well
as a range of nails and staples for specialized applications.
See pages p. 51-55 for text, illustrations and considerable
It seems that the size range of 1-5 / 8â to 2-1 / 8â would be suitable
for light carpentry work, such as chests.
âCasemates and Cannonballsâ by the way is a very good and in my
opinion, very useful resource. Lots of findngs on personal items,
utensils, tools, ceramics and glass found at the fort.
Hanson, Lee, and Hsu, Dick Ping; âCasemates and Cannonballs,
Archaeological Investigations at Fort Stanwix National Park.â Inited
States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, USGPO,
Washington DC 1975.