History. A small piece of history. This isn’t just a nail. This is a hand-made nail, from a home constructed by a man for his family in the middle of the 19th century. Before the ravages of a civil war took away the family’s fortune and worse than that, took the man himself.
The Historic Thompson House, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, was built in 1853 by William Marcellus Thompson in the year of his marriage to his beloved Mary. William’s father was an important man in Wake Forest – he helped found what is today Wake Forest University, he operated the Forrest Hills Academy in the 1830’s and was a state senator later in life. William’s mother was a direct descendant of another historical Wake Forest family – the Crenshaws. William, who was a Captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War was killed in battle in 1862 in Virginia. His home, which was moved in 2004 to its current location to save it from destruction, has been lovingly restored and is currently home to a growing family.
While renovating a bathroom, a small section of the lathe and plaster had to be removed. The contractor, who specializes in historic renovations, pulled the owners aside and explained how William and his family would have forged the nails by hand. The wife, a jewelry designer (our own WendyKate), saw an opportunity to do something lovely with the nails. A way to share the history and appreciate the hard work that William put into building his house for his family. These tiny pieces of pre-Civil War history can be yours, along with a photo of the house, William M. Thompson and a written history of the house.
Each pendant has an 18kt yellow gold hand-made bale and is hung from a 14kt yellow gold vintage chain. Most are 16″ in length but we can accommodate longer lengths. Just email us with your request.