1908 Approximate
Pearson's Nailer. Material: metal. Size: 8" H. x 12 1/2" L. Description: cast malleable iron and sheet metal construction; consists of a hopper where several dozen 1 1/4" nails were dumped; the nails funneled themselves down into the three slots in the bottom of the hopper and then into a single slot; the nails were stopped and controlled by parallel spring hooks; when the carpenter would strike the plunger with his hammer, the springs were spread, driving the nail in halfway; another spring forced the plunger to retract, and as it did, the next nail was released into position; The nailer was then moved aside and the carpenter would hit the set nail again to completely pound the nail into the board. Stenciled on top: "No. 13 R"; this nailer is missing most of the stenciling, most nailers were stenciled with the following: On the side, "Manfd. by Pearson Mfg. Co. Robbinsdale, Minn. 1919". On the top of the hopper, "Use 1 1/4 inch wire nail No. 13". On the cast iron handle, on one side, "Pat. Jan. 26 '92 and Jan. 7 '08", on the other side, Pearson's Nailer".
Nailer used by Arnold A. Schendel. Portable nailing machine, “Pearson’s Nailer” was patented as early as 1892 by the Martin Pearson Manufacturing Co. of Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Made by Martin Pearson and Linde Manufacturing Company of Robbinsdale, Minnesota. It holds and dispenses nails. The nails move down a chute and are released into a standing position under a piston. The user then manually pounds the piston with a hammer to drive the nail into a board. It is a clever labor – and finger-saving device.