Vintage tin box from Germany found in basement shed cleanout
It’s no surprise that I found this old tin can in a garbage removal cleanout in a Queens garage. And it’s no surprise that it was filled with nails and screws, either.
Because when I remove garbage from basement tool rooms or workshops, whether they’re in a garage or shed, handy homeowners typically keep cans or jars full of nails and screws. Most of the time, I find Maxwell House coffee tins or baby food jars, but this one was different.
This tin is embossed with beautiful images from Germany, such as Kaiserstallung, which means “Imperial stables,” originally built for a granary. The tin itself is well-made with very little rust around the edges. It’s quite heavy and has a flip lid, which displays just one of the five European images.