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In "The Academy of Armory & Blazon" (1688), Randle Holme explains "the Tentry hook is a nail with a crooked head, yet sharp pointed, that it may strike into any thing hung upon it."

Left: A tenter-frame, showing the tenter-hooks and their alignment on the upper and lower rails.

Below: Tenter-hooks, as found in excavations at Jamestown Fort in Virginia.