Face Nailed Parquetry Floor Borders
Circa 1885-1920, Brooklyn, NY

This site is for face-nailed floors, sometimes called top-nailed. You see the nails. Parquetry is wood cut into geometrical design, sometimes called inlaid floors. They are ornate and decorative. The floors were traditionally 5/16" thick.

Contents to Sections Below:

Old Catalogs and Other Publications

Collection of Pictures

Feature Strips: Two Strips

thumbnail of Two Strips
Three Strips

thumbnail of Three Strips
Multi Strips

thumbnail of Multi Strips
Strips with Cross Banding

thumbnail of Strips and Cross Banding
Corner Knots: Single Loop

thumbnail of single loop knotted corner
Most Common

thumbnail of basic knotted corner

thumbnail of flipped knotted corner
Bands Cross Over the Other

thumbnail of Bands Cross Over the Otherd corner
(Greek Keys/Frets):
Square Wave

thumbnail of Square Wave Meanders
Linked Boxes

thumbnail of Linked Boxes Meanders
Common "L"

thumbnail of Common L Meander

thumbnail of T Meander
Two Line Meanders: Left

thumbnail of Left Two Line Left Meander

thumbnail of Right Two Line Right Meander

thumbnail of Embellished Two Line Right Meander
Single Folded
Zig-Zag Fold: Helix

Horizontal Ribbon Flattened thumbnail
Zig-Zag Fold: Alternate Folds

Horizontal Ribbon Zig-Zag thumbnail
Folded From Side-to-Side

Folded From Side-to-Side thumbnail
Folded Into Circles

Folded into Circles thumbnail
Two Folded

Two Folded Diagonal Ribbons thumbnail
Right Angles

Two Folded Right Angles Ribbons thumbnail
Single Folded
Open Ribbon:
Zig-Zag Fold: 90°

Zig-Zag Fold 90° thumbnail
Zig-Zag Fold: 30°/120°

Zig-Zag Fold 30°/120° thumbnail
Receding Fold

Receding Fold thumbnail
Square Fold

Square Fold thumbnail
Ribbon Around
a Pipe:
Square (Meander) Ribbon

Square Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
Horizontal Ribbon

Horiz. Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
Vertical Ribbon

Vertical Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
"S" Ribbon

S Ribbon around Pipe thumbnail
Two Twisted
90° Ribbons
(No Gaps):
Corner #1

Tight Weave: 90° Corner #1 thumbnail
Corner #2

Tight Weave: 90° Corner #2 thumbnail
Corner #3

Tight Weave: 90° Corner #3 thumbnail
Corner #4

Tight Weave: 90° Corner #4 thumbnail
Two Twisted
90° Ribbons (Gaps):

Ribbons have Gap Intersect thumbnail

Ribbons have Gap Overlap thumbnail

Tight Weave 30°/120° thumbnail
Two Twisted
Tight Weave

Tight Weave thumbnail
Ribbons have Gap

Ribbons have Gap thumbnail
Two Twisted
Uneven Spacing:
Simple Crossover

Two Twisted Simple Crossover thumbnail
Crosses Over: Gaps

Two Twisted Crosses Over: Gaps thumbnail
Rhombus Crossover

Two Twisted Rhombus Crossover thumbnail
Fancy Crossover

Two Twisted Fancy Crossover thumbnail
Three Ribbons: Three Ribbons: 30°/120°

Three Ribbons tight weave thumbnail
Three Ribbons: 90°

Three Ribbons gaps thumbnail
Four Ribbons: X Crossovers

Four Ribbons X Crossovers thumbnail
Rhombus Crossover

Four Ribbons Rhombus Crossover thumbnail
Box Crossover

Four Ribbons Box Crossover thumbnail
and Chains:

Chains Geometric thumbnail
Chained Flowers

Chained Flowers thumbnail
Chains: Diagonal

Chains Diagonal thumbnail
Chains: Right Angles

Chains Straight thumbnail

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