Iron "Mushroom" for ID?

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Pete E
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I found this on the same dig as the terret ring, and although I don't normally pay too much attention to iron, this caught my eye...

I am sure it's just a BOAT or similar, but thought I would double check here before it goes in the scrap..

The head would have been about 2 1/2" in diameter originally. Even looking at the item in the hand, I can't decide if the straight edge is as a result of damage, or whether it was made that way....

The black squares in the background are 1cm for scale.

Thanks in advance,

Peter
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I normally associate these with wooden medieval buildings as I normally find hammered in the area. I think they are hand made nails for the old wooden buildings, can be found on the studded doors too. They also turn up on Roman sites too :thumbsup:
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Thanks for that, very interesting indeed ...Given that the head is some 2 1/2" in diameter, I take it you are talking about large hand made spikes rather the the typical small sized nails of today?
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Pete E wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:25 pm Thanks for that, very interesting indeed ...Given that the head is some 2 1/2" in diameter, I take it you are talking about large hand made spikes rather the the typical small sized nails of today?
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Look great in place too if these are similar to your find there
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I guess that the 2cm flat tab would go through a hole and then be hammered over? :Thinking:
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Easylife wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:38 pm I guess that the 2cm flat tab would go through a hole and then be hammered over? :Thinking:
I get the impression the tab was originally longer and either broke or corroded through leaving what you see now...
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I have about 5 or 6 of these, all from two deserted medieval villages where I know buildings stood. I have kept them all somewhere in one of my cupboards. Big heavy things! Good finds though cause I’ve never failed to find personal items like buckles, etc. nearby :thumbsup:
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