“…. comprehensive and exceptional. It is a must for historians, architects, anyone in metallurgy, civil and building engineers, restorers, antique dealers, machinists, blacksmiths, locksmiths, period hardware dealers, wood workers, furniture builders and tool collectors.” – Guy Aird, curator of the Montreal Lock Museum and past president of the The Door and Hardware Institute of Canada.
“Anyone could pick (this book) up, flip to a random page, and quickly find themselves admitting that yes, nails are certainly more interesting than you ever imagined. The book (also) has great visual appeal and a thoughtful layout that should please the casual reader or scholar.” – Sam Cady, The Gristmill
Published by the UK’s Tools and Trades History Society this is the second and updated edition of a work by Dr. Chris How on the history and development of nails and fixings across Europe from early times to the 1800s.
The book has 187 well illustrated pages with hundreds of photos and illustrations, and covers iron working, slitting, nail making and screw cutting with details of machinery and methods used and the different types of nails and fixings produced.
This is an excellent guide to assist in dating nails and screws as well as a fascinating account of the Tools and Techniques used.
If you live in Europe you can order this book from: https://taths.org.uk.
Softcover, 187 pages, 100s of color and b&w illustrations and photos