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One of the most overlooked and least understood clues in establishing the date and authenticity of older and antique furniture is the story that screws can tell about the history of a piece.
Screws are relative newcomers to the production of furniture, primarily because they are so hard to make by hand.
Below the head, on the smooth portion of the shaft above the threads, is the most likely place to find areas that still show a flat side of the original iron nail stock.
This portion of the shaft is almost never totally round or totally smooth.
The pitch, the angle of the thread to the shaft, will vary considerably from thread to thread as will the depth of the cut into the shaft that produces the thread.
When the smith had the length he thought was needed for the job, he simply cut or snipped the threaded shaft.
The smith heated the square stock and then began the process of pounding out a round shaft.
In this process, “round” was a relative term since very few hand hammered objects of iron are perfectly round.
But as the complexity and sophistication of furniture increased in the late 17th century and the use of brass hardware, locks and concealed hinges became more popular, there was an obvious need for a fastener that could hold two surfaces together without having to penetrate the back surface of the second piece.
The screw on the left was handmade in the late 18th century.