Nuts and bolts were important items on any farm. This image shows the wide variety of nuts and bolts recovered from the Williams farmstead. Some bolts may have held parts of wagons together, while others may have been attached to farm equipment, a wood burning stove, or other furnishings. The kinds and styles of bolts shown here are a large eye bolt (a), an assortment of carriage bolts (b), different sizes of square nuts and hexagonal nuts (c and d), machine bolts (e), and stove bolts (f). Because all of these objects were found detached, we can only speculate whether they were originally parts of some large piece of equipment or if they were extras purchased or salvaged from old equipment and kept as spare bolts for making repairs.

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