Railroad Date Nail Cuff Links

Made with genuine railroad date nails. Date nails were first invented in the 1820s and used by the American railroads in the 1870s and 1880s. Each railroad had their own date nail system and style, and many railroad companies used date nails through the 1970s. Their use peaked during the 1930s, coinciding with the Great Depression and the railroad-riding hobo culture of music and story that is a cornerstone of American folk music.