Today I'd like to show you something really wonderful from the fascinating Victorian era, something we should bring back in my opinion. I discovered this great selection of picture nails (below) in the booth of Al and Pat Carlson at the Antiques Market of Williamston here in Michigan:
A picture nail was simply a nail with a decorative embellishment for a head. When hanging wall art, the wires would be visible and would hang on the beautiful picture nail. In the world of the Victorians, everything received a decorative touch, even nails!
How does one attach the nails to the wall without crushing the glass? Well, these are clever little "nails". The glass part screws onto the metal nail after the pounding part is over:
Recently sold on Ebay for $110, these Victorian-era dog motif picture nails are very special:
Picture nails can be found in metal, milk glass, and various other decorative glass. Prices range from about $18 on up. They are fun to collect and can be used alternatively as curtain tiebacks.