Railroad Date Nail Cufflinks

Hammer home an industrial statement with this set of date nail cufflinks.
created by

Ward Wallau

$95.00

Ward Wallau created by

Ward Wallau

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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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Made in California

Ward Wallau

created by

Ward Wallau

location

California

Disappointed when the MTA filled in the "Y" cutout of their classic subway tokens, Ward Wallau was inspired to find a fun way to incorporate the unaltered tokens into cufflinks. He wanted to prove to the MTA that the original tokens were worthy of celebrating and repurposing and, after 11 years of "no," Ward became the first licensee of the New York City MTA. Since that time, this "authenticity hound," has assembled and grew his team of artisans, production staff, and authenticators in Berkeley, California, where they re-imagine nostalgic artifacts as unique gifts that tell a story. Ward loves breathing new life into things that already exist, be it letterpress blocks, a wooden seat from Wrigley Field, or a bat broken at a Major League baseball game. "This business is ever-challenging, dynamic, and satisfying," he says. "It's not a good day if you don't learn something new!"

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
reclaimed steel
Measurements
.63" dia., 1" L
Care
Wipe clean with soft cloth.
Item ID
21212

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This is a made-to-order item. If you order today your item will ship no later than 12/13/2016.

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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UncommonGoodsRailroad 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 UncommonGoods 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

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      5.0

      Unique Gift Idea

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      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 UncommonGoods 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

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        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 UncommonGoods 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

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          4.0

          Unique gift

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          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 UncommonGoods 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

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          5.0

          An heirloom piece!

          By 

          from Ashburn, Va

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Wear
            • Casual
            • Evening Out
            • Formal Wear

            Comments about UncommonGoods 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

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            5.0

            Touching sentimental surprise!

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            from Woodbridge, VA

            About Me Career, Classic, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Stylish
            • Unique Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Wear
              • Casual

              Comments about UncommonGoods 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!

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              from Kingsville, OH

              About Me Career

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Stylish
              • Unique
              • Unique Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Evening Out
                • Formal Wear

                Comments about UncommonGoods 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

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                5.0

                Perfect for guy that has everything!

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                from Brooklyn, NY

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                Pros

                • Personalized
                • Secures Cuff Firmly
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Wear
                  • Evening Out

                  Comments about UncommonGoods 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

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                  5.0

                  Huge hit!

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                  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 UncommonGoods 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

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                    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 UncommonGoods 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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