These old tobacco sticks were used in the fields when growing tobacco, and were speared through the tops of the stalks.
They were essential for "hanging" the tobacco in the barns to cure. A lot of stalks of tobacco could be slid onto one stick. And they were then hung up on the rafters in the barn to cure. The second photo I uploaded is of an actual bunch of tobacco that is tied together and ready to be hung in the barn to cure.
Finding a use for old tobacco sticks is pretty challenging. Yet I love the look of them indoors, so I like a challenge. They are a perfect touch for a cute country or prim styled home. I drew out a sketch for my husband and this is what it turned out to be. I call it my tobacco stick tree. I decorate it with homemade rag ropes and lights of the season.
Since first making this one, I've started making them way slimmer and even shorter, table top versions. I need to get some updated photos and I will make a new post all about that design soon. Look for it!