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.