The West Midlands Nail Trade


There is nothing more simple, more generally useful, or more efficient in its universal application, than a nail’ wrote the Commissioner of Patents in 1873.1 ‘Simple’ as nails might be, however, it was the manufacture of and trade in these highly functional objects that underpinned the industrial development of Birmingham and the Black Country.

Keywords: Nail trade, manufacture, industry, Black Country, nail makers

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