An Old Nail Keg

This nail keg once belonged to my parents. Now, it has a place on my porch.

Nail kegs were used to ship nails to hardware and mercantile stores in the first half of the 1900’s. After the kegs were emptied, they were used for various things. The kegs were used for stools by old-timers’ who would sit around pot-bellied stoves, tell stories and spit tobacco juice into pans of ashes supplied from the stoves.


4 comments on “An Old Nail Keg

  1. have some of those things too…and I do remember the nail kegs…So nice you have some of the things of your parents/grandparents…


  2. dotlatjohn says:

    I love old things kept from out parents’ homeplaces. Mine include a wooden potato masher that I don’t use but hold with great pride and a wooden handled chopper that my grandmother and mother both used. It’s my utensil of choice when it comes to chopping strawberries.


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