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NAILS: Hand-forged nails, made from a soft, fine iron in England, were brought to this country by the early colonists. Soon after, the local blacksmith was making nails from iron smelted here, which was tough and strong. They bent easily but did not break, and these hand-forged nails continued to be used until the end of the 18th century. Ezekiel Reed of Massachusetts at that time invented a machine for cutting nails from the plate.

NIELLO: kind of ornamental engraving in black, inlaid enamel on metal, derived from Italy.

NOGGIN: A pewter drinking cup holding a gill.