All along, throughout our home restoration/renovation project, we have been finding nails. Very old nails.
These are examples of “cut nails” – with square heads.
These cut nails would have been made as early as the Civil War and up until the early 20th century.
Here is an example of a Colonial American nail, being hand-forged, with a rounded top.
Each is a perfect little sculpture. These nails tend to have sharp tapers; much sharper than the machine-made nails of today.
Here is a collection of cut nails and colonial nails: