As with anything new you learn more and more as you go and hopefully not make too many Dating antique nails mistakes.
Start low and slow, right? With my previous collecting venture, vintage bicycles, I tried to finance the hobby by flipping a few things here and there, I actually did quite well and probably came pretty close to even, not including a couple unforeseen issues, like 40 year metal breaking, making a bike nearly worthless.
I recently picked up a couple, I was hoping, old oil paintings.
The seller did not list the artist, the photos were sub-par, but I could very faintly make out a signature in one of the photos. This is where my Photoshop skills come in handy, image manipulation can really bring out a signature. After a few late night hours of research I thought I had the artist figured out, so I took a risk and bought them.
After researching how to date paintings etc. First, it looks like they may have been restretched on the later wood, or some of the nails had been replaced.
Some nails, brads really, seem newer than others. But, the oldest nails, in the corners mostly, seem pretty old. I carefully removed one nail where there were three on a back Dating antique nails. Image from University of Vermont.
Time will tell, as I will flip these paintings. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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Anyway… Bottom back corner of one of the paintings. Nail or Brad pulled from canvas.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Pages Contact Me Influential Books. In woodworking and construction, a nail is a pin-shaped object of metal which is used as a fastener, as a peg to hang something, Dating antique nails sometimes as a decoration. Generally, nails have a sharp point on one end and a flattened head on the Nails date back at least to Ancient Egypt — bronze nails found in Egypt have been.