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railroad date nail cufflinks

$95.00
Handmade
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This is a made-to-order item. If you order today your item will ship no later than 8/7/2015.

At this time, this item cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes or to APO/FPO or US Territories. Contact custom@uncommongoods.com with any questions.

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Save the Date!

For an industrial statement piece that really hammers the sentiment home, this set of cufflinks is right on the mark. Each set of captivating cufflinks is made from authentic date nails in use from 1897. In order to record the date of construction, these steel markers were driven into railroad ties, bridge timbers, utility poles, mine props, and other wooden structures. In its relatively short history the only significant change to this system occurred in 1925, when the markers switched styles, from indented to raised dates. By 1969, date nail use declined rapidly and today they survive as relics of an antiquated method of date keeping during the height of America's Industrial Revolution.

In order to turn these historical pieces into handsome shirt accents, the shank is milled down to create a post-style cufflink. Celebrate your anniversary or the birthdate of your Dad in old-world style, or give a set to your family's history buff to wear proudly on their sleeve. Made in the USA. Sold as a set of 2.

Due to the nature of the reclaimed material, we are providing the following warning with each pair of cufflinks, as required by law:

WARNING: This product may contain one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Due to the nature of the materials used, we are providing the following warning, as required by law:

WARNING: This product may contain one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21212
Made from
reclaimed steel
Measurements
.63" dia., 1" L
Notes
Wipe clean with soft cloth.

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RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique design (17)
  • Personalized (11)
  • Stylish (11)
  • Secures cuff firmly (8)
  • Finish (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Business wear (14)
  • Evening out (11)
  • Casual dresser (10)
  • Formal wear (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic style (8), Practical (8), Stylish (8), Career (6), High end shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (22)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (7), Other (5), Father (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (8), Birthday (5)

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5.0

Perfect Gift!

By 

from Nyack, NY

About Me Stylish

Pros

  • Brilliant Finish
  • Secures Cuff Firmly

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

      These come in a beautiful little box with an explanation of what they are. Super Classy Gift. I bought these for my boss who is a man who has everything and needs for nothing-He's a history buff and absolutely loves these-he thought they were so cool and had never knew about date nails until now. I highly recommend.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Unique Gift Idea

      By 

      from Odessa, TX

      About Me Classic, Modern, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Brilliant Finish
      • Personalized
      • Stylish
      • Unique Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Wear
        • Evening Out

        Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

        I purchased these cufflinks as a gift for my best friend. He enjoys wearing a variety of cufflinks and I have given him many sets but I have a feeling these will be his favorite. His father worked on the railroads and he looks up to him so much, so I purchased his father's birth year. They are such a unique way to incorporate history into something that can be worn and admired by others. They are sturdy, fashionable and come packaged with some history on the railroads and aren't just thrown in a plain box like every other pair I've given him. I can't wait for him to see them!!!

        Service and delivery comments:

        The cufflinks arrived VERY quickly and sooner than expected!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nailed it!

        By 

        from Clearwater, FL

        About Me Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Personalized
        • Secures Cuff Firmly
        • Unique Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Wear
          • Casual
          • Evening Out
          • Formal Wear

          Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

          I tolod my husband that the gift was as old as he is. Needless to say he never would have guessed that I had hit on the best gift that a train enthusiast could get as a birthday present.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Husband
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Unique gift

          By 

          from CT

          About Me Classic

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Personalized
          • Stylish
          • Unique Design

          Cons

          • No "back Fastener"

          Best Uses

          • Business Wear
          • Evening Out
          • Formal Wear

          Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

          A great gift for someone with a lucky number.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Husband
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Valentine’s Day

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          An heirloom piece!

          By 

          from Ashburn, Va

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Brilliant Finish
          • Personalized
          • Secures Cuff Firmly
          • Stylish
          • Unique Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Wear
            • Casual
            • Evening Out
            • Formal Wear

            Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

            I bought these for my fathers 61st birthday. He is an architect and really appreciated the thought behind these and the uniqueness of these date nail cuff links.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Father
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Birthday

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Touching sentimental surprise!

            By 

            from Woodbridge, VA

            About Me Career, Classic, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Stylish
            • Unique Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Wear
              • Casual

              Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

              Super personalized classy gift for husband to remember his Dad who worked on the railroad. I picked the year his Dad was born. I scored points with this present!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Husband
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              5.0

              Just what I wanted!

              By 

              from Kingsville, OH

              About Me Career

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Stylish
              • Unique
              • Unique Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Evening Out
                • Formal Wear

                Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

                I found this to be so unique. My friend is celebrating his 60th birthday and he is really into trains. The railmark cufflinks will be a special gift. He is also someone that has just about everything and I hope he finds it extraordinary!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Product was received promptly and in great condition.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for guy that has everything!

                By 

                from Brooklyn, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Personalized
                • Secures Cuff Firmly
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Wear
                  • Evening Out

                  Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

                  Beautiful, unique gift for a special person in your life. A real conversation piece at the same time.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Father
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Huge hit!

                  By 

                  from Arlington, Va.

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Brilliant Finish
                  • Personalized
                  • Secures Cuff Firmly
                  • Unique Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Evening Out
                    • Formal Wear

                    Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

                    The perfect gift for my husband who loves, collects, and works with vintage tools!

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Everything was to my satisfaction.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    One of a Kind

                    By 

                    from San Jose, Costa Rica

                    About Me Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Personalized
                    • Unique Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Wear
                      • Casual
                      • Evening Out
                      • Formal Wear

                      Comments about RAILROAD DATE NAIL CUFFLINKS:

                      This product blew my friend away. His family has a long history with the railroads and therefore it was extra special. It was an amazing way to turn a recycled item into an interesting, wearable, conversation piece.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Other
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                      When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                      299votes, 42 comments

                      Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                      Erin is always looking for unique jewelry and accessories, and she nailed it with these reclaimed steel cufflinks! Made from actual date nails, they're not only fashionable- they're also American relics. Would you gift these cufflinks to commemorate a special date?

                      danielle
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Very unique and personal. Worth the price for those rare special gift occasions (wedding, retirement).

                      mo
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      a little expensive, but a great concept and made in the US

                      Kim
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Price is very high and I don't know anyone who wears cufflinks anymore, but if there was someone in your life who did, this would make a lovely gift. Antique and made in the USA. I Love that!

                      Elisa
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      I just don't know anyone who wears cufflinks anymore, so I would never buy these. I love the antique date nails, though - I just wish they made them into something other than cufflinks.

                      Vicky

                      Love thse but the price is crazy!

                      Lara
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      a little pricey

                      Kimberly
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      as long as you can specify the number

                      Mary
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      neat, but WAY too spendy for me.

                      Mary Margaret
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      These are nice. Both Grandfathers were railroad men and would love these. As for the price they are right on target for cuff links and even lower than some. Very personal and well thought gift for the right person. Good way to make yourself or your gift stand out!

                      Rebecca
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Made in the US :)

                      V
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Seems pricey, but worth it.

                      Sarah
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Very unique

                      Victoria
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Nice history to the cufflinks, but a little high in the price...

                      Lisa
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      A great item.

                      Shahla
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Quite pricey, but it is unique, historical, and made in the USA. These things out weigh the price factor to me. For the right person in mind, this would be a wonderful gift!

                      Tara
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      You have so many cuff links

                      Rita
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Pricey @ $95.

                      Constance
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Too expensive!

                      Holly
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Love these. Unique AND made in the USA!

                      Christine
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      A great piece of American history.

                      Amanda
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Interesting idea, but expensive and honestly, I don't know anyone who wears cufflinks!

                      Holly
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      These are classy, historical and personalized for the wearer. These are meaningful and have a rustic beauty to them. Pricey, but seems worth it!

                      jan
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Can you specify date? too casual for cufflink style shirt, sme sort of jewelery maybe.

                      Teresa
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Now these would make a unique gift and conversation piece!

                      Robin
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I have lots of male friends who love cufflinks and go out of their way to buy unusual ones. Given the historical link (sorry!) I think the price is about right.

                      Sally
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      I wouldn't be buying cuff lings of any kind.

                      Nadine
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Love the packaging as it tells the story of these nails, which I had never heard before. I think the price is high, but I'm glad they're made in the USA. I'd like to see them turn these into a necklace or bracelet for women!

                      david
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      perfect gift for your favourite capitalist.. but who wear cuff-links anymore???

                      Eabby
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I like it... urban , rustic addition to a boring suit.

                      Diana
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      My husband wears cufflinks, as do many of his peers. This could be a meaningful gift for the man that already has what he needs...

                      Rachelle
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I love historical items. Cool!

                      Tim
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      I don't think the type of guy that would wear cufflinks would wear these. Made in USA is good!

                      Deb

                      Would buy it. Great idea. But I don't where cuff links. If I come across some one special that where's cuff links will buy it for them

                      Karen

                      cuff links are logical, but a tie tack would be more useful

                      sharon
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Like the concept even though quite pricey. I can see this being a good item but high volume!

                      Kathleen
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Unique. Clever. Pricey but justified.

                      Anna
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Okay these cuff links are far too expensive for what they are, tiny pieces of steel. Also I know no one who has a use for cuff links. Or even would use them more than once.

                      Eva
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      it's a cute idea, but they're not very attractive. they're an interesting story, but a kind of ugly piece.

                      Nancy I
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Pricey because they are HAND made folks!!!!!! You don't know what you're talking about, you must be a much younger crowd of women.

                      Terri
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Great re-purposing of the date nails but seems a bit pricey to me.

                      kate

                      too pricey

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