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Vintage Railroad Button Earrings

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This vintage brass "Conductor" railroad uniform button makes a beautiful adjustable statement earrings for women. The third image shows similar buttons in their original context. Own a piece of history!

Size 15 x 50 mm

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The Road, Sea & Rail Collection uses real antique railroad artifacts. Our soldered steampunk cufflinks are made with genuine railway uniform buttons, dating between 1880 and 1950. 

Railroads were one of the most important technologies of the Victorian and Industrial Era, connecting the world in ways previously unknown to society. First invented in the mid 1750s, the steam engine was a critical part of the innovation process.

The first passenger railroad carriage, drawn by horses was built in 1807 in Swansea, England but it was not until the 1820s that steam-powered railroads  came to the US. The first westward bound railroad built in America was the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O), which ran from Baltimore to the Ohio River in Virginia. The Transcontinental Railroad was finished in 1869.

About Railroad Date Nails: In the later half of the 1800s, North American railroads began to experiment with treated railroad ties as tracks were put down across the nation. Marking the ties as they went onto the track helped keep track of the life and maintenance of different ties. By the 1890s, date nails became the chosen method, with the year of installation stamped on the head of the nail. It is sometimes possible to trace different companies through the shape and markings on the nail. Like railroads, date nails were most used in the 1930s and almost completely disappeared by the 1970s. 

Railroad History Timeline

1769 – Invention of steam engine by James Watt

1803 – First passenger railroad (horse-drawn) in South London.

1820 – Invention of wrought iron allows longer rails for tracks

1830 – First west-bound route in US, the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) line

1869 – Transcontinental railroad completed when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific meet at Promontory Summit

1872: George Westinghouse patents the first automatic air brake. This is basically the same system as is used by today's railroads.

1880s – Date nails begin to appear treated railroad ties (oldest known is an 1897 from the Mississippi River & Bonne Terre Line)

1883: The Northern Pacific line completed at Gold Creek, Montana. 

1883: The Southern Pacific line is completed. 

1885: The Santa Fe is completed.

1930s – Over 100 railroads using date nails, peak of use

1950-70 – Date nail use ends

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Vintage Railroad Button Earrings

Vintage Railroad Button Earrings

This vintage brass "Conductor" railroad uniform button makes a beautiful adjustable statement earrings for women. The third image shows similar buttons in their original context. Own a piece of history!

Size 15 x 50 mm

Made in USA

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