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2005/48/1 Nail, handmade, from The Seahorse Inn, iron, Boydtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1820 -1830. Click to enlarge.

Handmade nail from the Seahorse Hotel, Boydtown

Made by Unknown (person) in Boydtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1820-1830.

The Seahorse Inn is the only building left standing in Boydtown, near Eden, New South Wales. Benjamin Boyd was a wealthy London stockbroker who came to Australia in 1842 to make his fortune. Upon his arrival he established a coastal steamship service between Sydney and Hobart and within two years he had become one of the largest landholders in the colony.

Boyd began whaling on the southern shore of Twofold Bay and set to building a self sufficient town, Boydtown, to support this venture. The t...

Summary

Object No.

2005/48/1

Object Statement

Nail, handmade, from The Seahorse Inn, iron, Boydtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1820 -1830

Physical Description

Nail, handmade, from The Seahorse Inn, iron, Boydtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1820 -1830

A handmade iron nail with a slightly flattened head. The nail has been attached to a paper receipt from the Royal Australian Historical Society. The paper is marked.

Marks

The text on the receipt reads 'The Royal Australian Historical Society / Seahorse Hotel / I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your / letter, which is receiving attention. Boyd Town / Honorary Research Secretary / 3 West St / North Sydney. / Hand Made Nail.' '440' is printed on the back of the receipt.

Dimensions

Height

86 mm

Width

10 mm

Depth

7 mm

History

Notes

This nail was used as part of the original construction of The Seahorse Inn at Boydtown in New South Wales about 1820-1830. It was donated to the Royal Australian Historical Society by George Driver. It was part of the Royal Australian Historical Society collection that was transferred to the Powerhouse Museum in 1981.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

Acquisition Date

15 February 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Handmade nail from the Seahorse Hotel, Boydtown 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2019, <https://ma.as/348471>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/348471 |title=Handmade nail from the Seahorse Hotel, Boydtown |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 June 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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