The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust – Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm Online Auction 2024
Auction Ends: Mar 29, 2024 10:00 PM EDT


19th-Century Nail from Thoreau's Birthplace

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$100 USD
$210 USD to mv7750925
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21  -  Bid History

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There is some of the same fitness in a man's building his own house that there is in a bird's building its own nest.

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden  


Late 19th-Century nail from Henry David Thoreau's birthplace. This nail was used in later renovations after the house was moved on the farm.


As a carpenter's nails are divided into wrought nails and cut nails; so mankind may be similarly divided. Little Flask was one of the wrought ones; made to clinch tight and last long. 

- Herman Melville, Moby Dick


Purchase of this item supports Thoreau Farm Trust (TFT) and the preservation of Henry David Thoreau’s Birthplace.

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