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. Various powers were ascribed to nails, especially large ‘tenpenny nails’, and those taken from coffins. Reforged into a finger-ring, they were a cure for cramp; driven into a witch's footprint, they broke her power; rubbed against one's gum and then driven into a tree, they took away toothache; driven into the road, or into a stile, they were a medium through which one's ague or warts could be transferred to the next person passing over them.


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