Posted 10 years ago
This Copper Nail was believed to be a "Factory Sample" carried by a salesman to demonstrate "Date Nails" to potential customers. It is made of Copper. The Centaur is the logo of the "Chase Brass and Copper Co." Throughout the years Chase has been involved manufacturing Date Nails, Collectibles and many Brass and Copper Hardware items.
Date Nails have been used since the late 1800's up to the present to relay information about various wood products. They have been used in Railroad ties, Utility poles and Fence Posts. They were used by Creosoting Companies, Railroads, Cities and some Government entities. Date Nails relay information such as Dates, Heights and lengths of wood products, type of wood, ownership and much more. Date Nails can be found in most countries throughout the world.