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
Ingredients
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 8/27/2018.

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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wonderful and original gift

4

We were worried that the fairly narrow post wouldn't hold position in the cuff of his shirt, but they work beautifully.

Durham, NC

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I would purchase this product again! It came just as picture

5

I love the box it came in!! Perfect for a gift.

Wichita, KS

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Perfect Gift!

5

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.

Nyack, NY

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Unique Gift Idea

5

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!!!

Odessa, TX

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Nailed it!

5

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.

Clearwater, FL

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Unique gift

4

A great gift for someone with a lucky number.

CT

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An heirloom piece!

5

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.

Ashburn, Va

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Touching sentimental surprise!

5

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!

Woodbridge, VA

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Just what I wanted!

5

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!

Kingsville, OH

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Perfect for guy that has everything!

5

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

Brooklyn, NY

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