Trade Catalogs of Nails and Nail Making Machines

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Compiled By David Moyer
This Version: May 2002


For Correction, Comments, or additions, please contact:

David Moyer, RPA
Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
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University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52240
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This guide is meant to serve as an introduction to trade material related to nail manufacturers and the manufacturers of nail making machinery found in repositories throughout the U.S. and abroad. While I've tried to avoid including jobbers and large hardware catalogs, some of these materials have been included, particularly from 19th century sources. I've also included more recent trade material which pertains to the history of specific manufacturers as well as some material related to the manufacturers of nailing machines. This list is far from complete, and several large collections of trade material could not be included due to classification of numerous articles in a single catalog entry. If you are aware of any other nail related trade material from anywhere not included in this list, please contact me.

American Rolling Mill Company (1936)
Consider the Tack. American Rolling Mill Company. (3 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

American Steel and Wire Company (1901)
Catalogue and Price List of Wire, Wire Nails, Barbed Wire, etc., etc.. American Steel and Wire Company, Chicago, Illinois. (30 pages, illustrated). Harvard University Historical Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Call # RDEQ.62 A512 1901

American Steel and Wire Company (1913)
Catalogue of Nails, Wire, Barbed Wire, Netting, Tacks and Other Products. American Steel and Wire Company, Chicago, Illinois. (62 pages, illustrated). Harvard University Historical Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Call # RDEQ.62 A512 1913

American Steel and Wire Company (1923)
Manual of Carpentry and Catalogue of American Nails, Wire, Barbed Wire, Staples. American Steel and Wire Company, Chicago, Illinois. (58 pages, illustrated) Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

American Steel and Wire Company (1924)
Manual of Carpentry and Catalog of American Nails, Wire, Barbed Wire, Staples. American Steel and Wire Company, Chicago, Illinois. (60 pages, illustrated), Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

American Steel and Wire Company (1931)
Manual of Carpentry and Catalog of American Nails, Wire, Barbed Wire, Staples, Tacks, Poultry Netting, etc.. American Steel and Wire Company, Chicago, Illinois. (120 pages, illustrated, includes index). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

American Steel and Wire Company (1940)
Catalog of U.S.S. American Nails with Specifications and Data Covering Staples, Wire, Barbed Wire, Tacks, Poultry Netting, Spikes, etc.. American Steel and Wire Company, Cleveland, Ohio. (128 pages, illustrated), Copies at both the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Library and the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio.

American Steel and Wire Company (1942)
Catalog of U.S.S. American Nails : With Specifications and Data Covering Staples, Wire, Barbed Wire, Tacks, Poultry Netting, Spikes, etc.. American Steel & Wire Company. (116 pages, illustrated). Columbia University Avery Library, New York, New York, and Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

American Tack Company (c1880)
Steel Wire Finishing Nails and Brads. American Tack Company, Fairhaven, Massachusetts. (1 page, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Baackes Wire Nail Company (1889)
Price List of Standard Steel Wire Nails Manufactured by the Baackes Wire Nail Company, Cleveland, Ohio. Baakes Wire Nail Company. Cleveland, Ohio. (8 pages, illustrated). Harvard University Historical Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bethlehem Steel Company (c1924)
Bethlehem Wire Nails and other Wire Products. Bethlehem Steel Company. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (62 pages; illustrated, includes index; "Catalog W"). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Company (1934)
Bethlehem Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Spikes. Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (63 pages; illustrated). On File at both the Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Bethlehem Steel Company (1937)
Bethlehem Wire Nails and Other Wire Products. Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (78 pages, illustrated, "Catalog W-4"). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Company (c1950)
Bethlehem Fasteners : Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Spikes. Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (143 pages, illustrated, "Catalog 290"). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Company (1950)
Bethlehem Wire Nails and Other Wire Products. Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (86 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Company (c1958)
Bethlehem Industrial Fasteners : Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Spikes, Special Products. Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (163 pages, illustrated, "ITS Catalog 436"). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Company (1961)
Bethlehem Wire Nails and Other Wire Products. Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (82 pages, illustrated, "Catalog 565"). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Corporation (c1961)
Lebanon Plant Fasteners. Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (25 pages, illustrated, "ITS Booklet 556). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bethlehem Steel Export Corporation (1941)
Bethlehem Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Spikes. Bethlehem Steel Export Corporation, New York. (95 pages, illustrated, "Catalog no. 157). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Paul D. Boutell (1872)
Illustrated Catalogue and Wholesale Price List of Paul D. Boutell (successor to Coon & Boutell) Importer and Dealer in Tin Plate, Wire, Sheet Iron and Metals, Grindstones, Nails, Cutlery and Domestic Hardware ... Paul D. Boutell, St. Paul, Minnesota. (228 pages, illustrated). Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

E. and G. Brooke (1865 - 1870)
At this Date the Price of our Anchor Brand Nails is as Follows. E. and G. Brooke, Bridsboro, Pennsylvania. (Price list, 12 pages, not illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Buhl, Sons and Company (1884)
[Untitled Catalog]. Buhl, Sons and Company, Detroit, Michigan. Located in Business Collection, Clarke Historical Library, Michigan.

William Bullock and Company (c1855)
Catalog of the Spon Lane Iron Foundry. William Bullock and Company, West Bromwich, England. (various pagination, illustrated, includes nails and other hardware). Winterthur Library, Winterthur, Delaware.

Cambria Steel Company (c1911)
Wire and Nails. Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. (44 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Cambria Steel Company (1916)
Cement Coated Nails. Cambria Steel Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (16 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Cambria Steel Company (1918)
Cambria Wire and Nails. Cambria Steel Company. Philadelphia. (47 pages, illustrated, includes index). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Capewell Horse Nail Company (1904)
Capewell Horse Nails: The Best in the World. Highest Award in All Competitions. Gold Medal at Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair, St. Louis. Capewell Horse Nail Company, Hartford Connecticut. (22 pages, illustrated). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.

Capewell Manufacturing Company (1981)
Capewell : The First Century, 1881-1981. Capewell Manufacturing Company, Hartford, Connecticut. (19 pages, illustrated). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.

Continental Steel Corporation (1938)
Continental Nails. Continental Steel Corporation, Kokomo, Indiana. (57 pages, illustrated), Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis.

William S. Doig, Inc. (1894)
William S. Doig, Manufacturer of Box Nailing Machinery. William S. Doig, Inc., Brooklyn, New York. (64 pages, illustrated). New York Public Library, New York.

W.S. Doig, Inc. (1916)
A Sectional Catalog of Standard Nailing Machines. W.S. Doig, Incorporated, Brooklyn, New York. (92 pages, illustrated). Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, New York.

R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company (1934)
Wholesalers: Mill, Railroad, Factory and Contractors' Supplies, Hardware, Nails, Sheets, Steel Bars, Roofing, Black and Galvanized Pipe and Fittings, Electrical Supplies, Manila and Wire Rope, Power Transmission Appliances. Weed and Company, Buffalo and Rochester, New York. (538 pages, illustrated). Two copies on file at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Library, Buffalo, New York.

Foster Manufacturing and Supply Company (c1921)
Foster, Manufacturers' Agent and Jobbers Marine, Railway, Mill and Contractors' Supplies : Heavy Hardware Catalogue "A". Foster Manufacturing and Supply Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (160 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Graham Nail Works (1925)
Graham Nails, Wire and Wire Products: Catalog. Graham Nail Works, Toronto, Ontario. (24 pages, illustrated). Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario.

Grand Crossing Tack Company (1900)
Catalogue E and Price List. Grand Crossing Tack Company, Chicago, Illinois. (93 pages, illustrated). Central Michigan University

Grilley Company (1875)
Revised Price List of the Grilley Company, Sole Manufacturers of Patent Capped Screws, also Picture Nails and Knobs, Pad Screws, etc... March 1875. Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, New Haven, Connecticut. (11 pages, illustrated). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.

Grilley Company (1875)
Price List of Nickel Plated Screws Manufactured by the Grilley Company ... December, 1875. Grilley Company, New Haven, Connecticut. (2 pages, not illustrated). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.

Grilley Company (1888)
Revised Price List of the Grilley Company, Sole Manufacturers of Silver, Brass, and Bronze Patent Capped Screws : Also Nickel Plated Screws, Fine Silver Plated Screws, Picture Nails and Knobs, Pad Screws, Water Hook Bolts ,etc.. Grilley Company, New Haven, Connecticut. (22 pages, illustrated). Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hayward Brothers (1851)
Hayward Brothers (Late R. Henly and Co.) Wholesale Ironmongers, Nail and Screw Factors-Price List. (1 page) National Art Library, London.

U.T. Hungerford Brass and Copper Company (n.d.)
Brass, Copper and Bronze Sheets, Tubes, Rods, Wire, Rivets, Nails, etc., etc., in Stock, Ready to Ship. U.T. Hungerford Brass and Copper Company, New York City. (no pagination, illustrated). Western Reserve Historical Society Library.

Interstate Iron and Steel Company (1920)
[Untitled Catalog]. Interstate Iron and Steel Company, Chicago, Illinois. (175 pages, illustrated, includes index). Central Michigan University.

Jones and Laughlins, Ltd. (1885)
Standard Lists, Iron, Nails, Spikes, Steel and Heavy Hardware, September 1885. Jones and Laughlins, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois. (38 pages). Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation (1939)
J & L Nails and Wire Products. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (73 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Keystone Nail Company (1909)
The Nail and its Uses. Keystone Nail Company, Pittsburgh, PA. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Lackawanna Steel Company (1918)
Lackawanna Track Bolts and Spikes. Lackawanna Steel Company. Lackawanna, N.Y. (15 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Lipscomb, H.G. and Company (1913)
Wholesale Hardware and Associated Lines. H. G. Lipscomb and Company, Nashville, Tennessee. (1019 pages, illustrated, several sections on nails and fasteners, "Catalog 2666"). New York Public Library, New York and Westminster Choir College Of Ryder University, New Jersey.

Lysaght Brothers and Company (1935)
50 Years of Progress. Lysaght Brothers and Company, Ltd., Manufacturers of Wire, Wire Netting, Barb Wire, Wire Nails, Zinc Oxide, etc. Lysaght Brothers and Company, Sydney, Australia. (31 pages, illustrated). New York Public Library, New York.

McCosh Iron and Steel Company (1886)
McCosh Iron and Steel Co., Manufacturers, Importers, and Jobbers, Burlington, Iowa. McCosh Iron and Steel Company, Burlington, Iowa. (12 pages). Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

F.W. Mertens (1905)
Patent Möbelnägel:marke "springerndes Pferd." F.W. Mertens, Munster, Germany (15 pages, illustrated, includes index), Strong Museum, New York.

C.W. and H.W. Middleton (1876)
Illustrated Catalogue and Price-list of C.W. & H.W. Middleton : Manufacturers' Agents for Iron, Steel, Railroad Iron, Wire Rope, Nails, Spikes, Bolts, Nuts, Washers, Rivets, Lap-welded Boiler Tubes ... Steam, Gas and Water Pipe ... Oil, Salt and Artesian Well Tubing and Casing ... General Railroad and Mine Supplies. Craig, Finley and Company, Printers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (146 pages, illustrated). Harvard Business School, Cambridge Massachusetts.

Howard W. Middleton (c1889 - 1893)
Price Lists for Nails and Wire. Howard W. Middleton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (11 pages, not illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

S.H. and E.Y. Moore (1885)
S.H. and E.Y. Moore, Agents for Pennsylvania Bolt & Nut Co., Syracuse Bolt Company, Syracuse Screw Company, Black Diamond File Works, Penfield Block Co., Wm. H. Haskell Co., Sarnac Horse Nail Co., Rider Engine Co., and other manufacturers of heavy hardware, railway supplies, and manufacturers of "Climax" barn door hangers, Moore's differential pulley blocks, Moore's freight car door hangers, etc.. S.H. and E.Y. Moore, Chicago, Illinois. (55 pages, illustrated, includes index). Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Morgan Machine Company (n.d.)
Morgan Nailing Machines, Boxboard Printers, Lock Corner Box Machines, Shock Splicers, Matchers. Morgan Machine Company, Rochester, New York. (no pagination, illustrated). Rochester Public Library, Rochester, New York.

Morgan Spring Company (1916)
Wire Products : Catalog D: Wire, Wire Springs, Wire Hardware, Wire Specialties, Kitchen Wire Goods. Morgan Spring Company, Worcester, Massachusetts. (288 pages, illustrated, includes index, table of contents: Section 1, springs, wire, metal stampings; section 2, wire hardware; section 3, kitchen wire goods; section 4, mill wire goods, wire nails, tacks and staples, wire specialties). Strong Museum, New York.

National Machinery Company (1904)
Catalog of Bolt and Nut Machinery, Forging and Bending Machines, Wire Nail…. National Machinery Company, Tiffin, Ohio. (catalog of nail making machinery). Warshaw Collection, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. Source number AAY1395LB

National Machinery Company (1907)
National Wire Nail Machinery. National Machinery Company, Tiffin, Ohio. (15 pages, illustrated, "Bulletin No. 30", catalog of nail making machinery). Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

New Castle Wire Nail Company (1892)
Price List. New Castle Wire Nail Company, New Castle, Pennsylvania. (1 page, not illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

New Haven Wire Company (1888)
Price List of Wire Nails Made by the New Haven Wire Co., [S.A. Galpin, receiver], ... New Haven, Conn. New Haven Wire Company, New Haven, Connecticut. (4 pages, not illustrated, Includes description of the Copeland improved nail). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.

New Haven Wire Manufacturing Company (1889)
Illustrated Price List of Steel Wire Nails. New Haven Wire Manufacturing Company, New Haven, Connecticut. (12 pages, illustrated), Historical Society of Connecticut, Hartford.

Pacific Coast Forge Company (1937)
Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Spikes. Pacific Coast Forge Company, Seattle. Washington. ( 95 pages; illustrated; "Catalog no. 30-0."). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Panel Clip Company (1960)
We Haven't Eliminated the Nail -- Just Improved Upon It, Panel Clip. Panel Clip Company, Farmington, Michigan. (6 pages, illustrated). State Library of Michigan.

Pittsburgh Steel Company (1935)
Pittsburgh Nails and Wires and Other Steel Products. Pittsburgh Steel Company, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (64 pages, illustrated, "Catalogue No. 417"). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Pittsfield Tack Company (1876)
Price List of the Pittsfield Tack Co., Manufacturers of Tacks Brads, Patent Brads, Iron, Steel and Zinc Shoe Nails. Pittsfield Tack Company, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. ( 9 pages, illustrated). State Library of Victoria, Australia. Reference number: S 604 AP58 V 33 No.16.

W.F. Potts, Son and Company (c1870)
Portage Nails. W.F. Potts, Son and Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1 page, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Putnam Nail Company (1881)
The Putnam Hot-Forged and Hammer-pointed Nail. Clay and Richmond, Buffalo, N.Y. (1 card, not illustrated), Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.

Putnam Nail Company (1896)
Prefatory Verse in the making of a Horseshoe Nail. Putnam Nail Company, Boston, Massachusetts. (1 page). Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Republic Steel Corporation (1935?)
Rods, Wire, Wire Nails, Wire Staples, Fence Posts. Republic Steel Corporation, Youngstown, Ohio. (40 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Republic Steel Corporation (1935?)
Grand Crossing Quality Cut Tacks and Small Cut Nails. Republic Steel Corporation, Youngstown, Ohio. (24 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Republic Steel Corporation, Wire Division (1939)
Republic Nails and other Wire Products. Republic Steel Corporation, Wire Division, Chicago, Illinois (47 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

William Rowland and Harvey Rowland (c1875)
Manufacturers of Oil Tempered Swedish Steel, Elliptic, Platform Wagon and Side Springs: Norway Nail Rods, Iron… William Rowland and Harvey Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (8 pages). Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Seltzer-Klahr Hardware Company (1893)
Cumberland Nails: National List of Extras for Cut Nails in Fair Assortment: Adopted February 21st, 1893. Seltzer-Klahr Hardware Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Price list, 1 page, not illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Steel Company of Canada (1954?)
"Ardox" Spiral Nail. Steel Company of Canada, Hamilton, Canada. (27 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Stronach Nail Company (1929)
The New Stronach Non-splitting Nails, the Best Nail for All Woods. Stronach Nail Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (16 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company (1942)
Catalog of U.S.S. American Nails : With Specifications and Data Covering Staples, Wire, Barbed Wire, Tacks, Poultry Netting, etc.. Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, Birmingham, Alabama. (127 Pages, illustrated, includes index, 2nd. ed.) University of Alabama, Birmingham.

E.H. Titchener and Company (1893)
E.H. Titchener and Company, Binghamton, N.Y. -- Manufacturers of Staples, Double-pointed Tacks, Wire Nails, Pins, Links, etc.. E.H. Titchener and Company, Binghamton, N.Y. (16 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Tower Manufacturing Company (n.d.)
Tacks, Small Nails, Shoe Finders' Goods, Staples, etc. Tower Manufacturing Company, Madison, Indiana. (various pagination, illustrated) Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis.

United States Steel Corporation, American Steel and Wire Division (1949)
Catalog of American Nail, Brads, Spikes, Staples. American Steel & Wire Company of New Jersey. (62 pages, illustrated). On file at both the Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware and the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

Wells and Nellegar Company (1889)
Wells & Nellegar Co., Jobbers of Hardware, Cutlery, Nails, Sporting Goods, Barbed Wire, and Tinners' Stock. Wells and Nellegar Company, Chicago, Illinois. (16 pages, illustrated). Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Wheeling Steel Corporation (1952)
Wheeling LaBelle Cut Nails: Centennial, 1852-1952. Wheeling Steel Corporation, Wheeling, West Virginia. (10 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Wheeling Steel Corporation (c1952)
LaBelle Cut Nails. Wheeling Steel Corporation, Wheeling, West Virginia. (10 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Alan Wood Steel Company (1939)
Reading Cut Nails. Alan Wood Steel Company, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Library of the Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (call # 035599).

Henry Wooldridge and Sons (1939)
Self-fastening Frost Cogs and Steel-headed Frost Nails ... Henry Wooldridge and Sons, Lye, Stourbridge, UK. (24 pages, illustrated). Imperial Library, London.

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company (1928)
Youngstown Wire Nails, Wire Products: Nail Extras. Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. (36 pages, illustrated). Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company (1931)
Youngstown Wire Nails, Wire Products. Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. (36 pages, illustrated). Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company (1935)
Youngstown Wire Nails, Wire Products. Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. (47 pages, illustrated). Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company (1938)
Youngstown Wire Nails, Wire Products: Extras Shown Subject to Change Without Notice. Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. (48 pages, illustrated, "Catalog No. 52"). Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.


For Correction, Comments, or additions, please contact:

David Moyer, RPA
Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
700 Clinton Street Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: (319) 335-5702
Email: david-moyer@uiowa.edu

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