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Thomas James Store, Doors:

Carved initials and other markings can be found on the store's double doors made of oak, which also never received any finish coat. For security, the doors were made double-thick by nailing interior vertical boards to exterior horizontal ones. The builder clinched them together with stout hand-made nails, whose heads are seen here. Machine cut nails with double-struck headsan indication of the store’s early 19th-century construction datewere used throughout the rest of the building. (Those same nails would have proved ill-suited for constructing the doors since they could easily snap.) (Photo: Jorin Hood)