Bristol Carpenters’ Nails 1492–1586

By W. L. Goodman, published November 1973

Abstract

There were seventeen types of handmade nails named in the Bristol Mayors’ accounts.  Unfortunately, the length is not given but can be inferred from the price.  The most common nail was the cawfote, cawfott, calfatte or calfot nail.  Calfatting means caulking but the name may refer to the large nails used to batten the hatches, or possibly the cow’s foot shape.  Pompnaill  may refer to large headed nails for pump leather, overloppe nayles are probably clenched nails and a five-stroke nayl would, unless these carpenters were very strong, require a pilot hole bored.

Join Today To Read The Full Article

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Join Today To Read The Full Article

Join Now

If you are already a member please login here.