Historic Artifacts

Tokens & Icons does not shy away from rich, interesting artifacts even when they cannot be licensed. For example, watch movements from early twentieth-century watches, historic American coins such as Buffalo Nickels – probably the most revered US Coins ever minted – and date nails once used to indicate dates of installations and repairs in railroad ties and telephone poles, are all authentic artifacts for which there is no licensor. In these cases, Tokens & Icons thoroughly researches the history of and current interest in these artifacts, and works closely with the most reputable collectors and aficionados to ensure accurate story and maintain authenticity.

TYPEWRITER KEYS

Tokens & Icons sources typewriters and typewriter keys (already removed from their machines) of the 1920s-40s from trusted sources.

Typewriter whose keys are being removed.
Typewriter keys after they are removed and before they are made into product.

WATCH MOVEMENTS

Tokens & Icons sources mostly non-functional watch movements of the mid to early 20th century from trusted sources.

Tokens & Icons organizes and matches movements as closely as possible to form cuff link pairs.

COINS

Tokens & Icons receives beloved and rare US, European, and ancient coins from trusted sources.

Left is a "Full Horn" nickel used in cuff links. Right is a "Full Date" nickel used in all other products.

 

DATE NAILS

Tokens & Icons receives date nails from a trusted source who is an avid collector and date nail aficionado.

Tokens & Icons only purchases nails that have never been cleaned and whose numbers are raised.
The shaft of each nail is cut off and milled into a post style cuff link that is 100% nail.
The shafts remain after each cuff link is made.

 

BOOKLET ABOUT DATE NAILS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1978