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On one piece of property we have there's an old wooden bridge over a bayou that was the main road through the area back in the 1800's. The bridges framework is original but we have redecked to top a few times to keep it usable.
We were out there yesterday and I was walking around under the bridge and I found some "price tags" in the lumber. I found some years ago but forgot about them but I found 2 more yesterday that I pried out and kept and several more that I left alone.
They are a solid copper "nail" with the end pressed into a price tag...they're stamped at 25 cents each...the stamped end is just bigger than a quarter I guess. The bridge was built abouit 1870-1880 as far as we know and these tags are just as old as the bridge.

I'll have a pic of one later.
I've been trying to find out what they're called but having no luck online.

They are out of a piece of timber that's 5"x12"x20' long. Find THAT for 25 cents nowdays. LOL
 

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On one piece of property we have there's an old wooden bridge over a bayou that was the main road through the area back in the 1800's. The bridges framework is original but we have redecked to top a few times to keep it usable.
We were out there yesterday and I was walking around under the bridge and I found some "price tags" in the lumber. I found some years ago but forgot about them but I found 2 more yesterday that I pried out and kept and several more that I left alone.
They are a solid copper "nail" with the end pressed into a price tag...they're stamped at 25 cents each...the stamped end is just bigger than a quarter I guess. The bridge was built abouit 1870-1880 as far as we know and these tags are just as old as the bridge.

I'll have a pic of one later.
I've been trying to find out what they're called but having no luck online.

They are out of a piece of timber that's 5"x12"x20' long. Find THAT for 25 cents nowdays. LOL
Nothing cheap about copper now haha
 

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Back then 25 cents was a lot of money. If you made a dollar a day, you were doing good. Transfer that into how much that timber would cost now. I bet all of those old timbers are from the heart of the tree also (you can see the center in the endgrain).
 

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Here's a pic...my kid cleaned it up with Tabasco sauce. LOL

 

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you may be able to find out more info by contacting some of the wood re-claimers. not sure if you guys haven them there, but up here theres a couple companies that tear down old barns and sell the wood for high end homes. some of that timber is unbelievable. they might have a better understanding of the 'symbology' LOL
 

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Rich do you know any oldtimers where you live that might be able to tell you. My buddies grandpa passed 2yrs ago he could have told you what it was. Just a thought.
 

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I cant help you with your ? but I wold like to see some pics of the bridge if at all possible
 

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Some guys on CompD knew what they are..they're called date nails. Mostly used by railroads but also on light poles and bridge beams from the very late 1800's through almost today.
Mine aren't price tags...that symbol is from International Creosote and the 25 is for 1925.
 

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Some guys on CompD knew what they are..they're called date nails. Mostly used by railroads but also on light poles and bridge beams from the very late 1800's through almost today.
Mine aren't price tags...that symbol is from International Creosote and the 25 is for 1925.
Neat find. Any value to them? bring them to pawn stars and see what they will give you:poke:
 

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Not much...10-15 bucks tops.
I just wanted to know what they were....gonna leave the rest for my kid's kids to find some day.......
 

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Nice.
 

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The "I" running through the "C" stamp separating the year 25 means they are from International Creosote and Construction company.
They had three plants Beaumont, Galveston and Texarkana.
Most of their products were used in bridge and pier construction or soil/sand erosion control.
 

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Some guys on CompD knew what they are..they're called date nails. Mostly used by railroads but also on light poles and bridge beams from the very late 1800's through almost today.
Mine aren't price tags...that symbol is from International Creosote and the 25 is for 1925.
I just saw this thread but, that was going to be my guess.

I still come across them on some really old railroad ties but, none in the last 30-40 years.

Nowadays, some roads will have the year incised on the end of the tie but, mostly they don't bother.

Especially if there is an anti-splitting plate on them.
 

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I was going to say that these looked similir to date nails. I personally have not seen date nails with anymore than just the year on them. That's a pretty cool find.
 
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