The copper plates of the statue were assembled with rivets.

"Technically, the rivet is an ordinary nail whose shank end is hammered to keep two or more parts firmly and definitively assembled.
Apart from jewels and other objets d'art, which are riveted in gold or silver, this technique was long used in the manufacture or weapons and boilers.
However, the use of rivets increased considerably during the Industrial Revolution. Steam engines, railroads, metal constructions like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower used riveting as practically the only mode of assembly throughout the 19th century and part of the 20th."

Extracted from Une histoire des techniques by Bruno Jacomy - Paris, published by éditions du Seuil, 1990.

The dedication ceremonies in New York Bay on October 28, 1886.
Charles Graham,
Harper's Weekly, november 1886.
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The Statue of Liberty, viewed from below, 1886.
Anonymous, proof on albumenized paper.
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