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February 9, 2014

Getting down to Brass Tacks

This term comes from the upholstery trade; brass tacks are the finishing touch and final job of an upholstered chair, settee, sofa, lounge, etc. as well as leather covered trunks.  So ‘getting down to brass tacks’ is the last part of the job.

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Here is a link to the website selling decent traditional brass tacks.  This link shows about the brass tacks.

brass tacks

My artwork [above] from 1994 was used by the site, I contacted the owner, proved I did the art and he sent me these tacks.  While they are not completely accurate, the originals were cast one piece, these brass tacks are the best available on the market.  They do pass the magnet test, which is a way to determine if the shanks are iron or steel.

If you are making 19th century accurate reproductions such as leather covered trunks, an upholstered piece of furniture or a brass tack knife sheath [the clinch looks correct] these tacks fit the bill.  I highly recommend them.

Stephen

1 Comment »

  1. This got posted on another page:

    1.http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/get-down-to-brass-tacks.html this contains the other suggested origin of the phrase, haberdashery, yours was new to me but is also included.

    Comment by Peter — February 10, 2014 @ 4:20 am |Edit This

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 10, 2014 @ 8:50 am

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