Horse chestnuts are used in a child’s game known as conkers where the conker is pierced and threaded on a string.
- The object is for one player to attempt to break the opponent’s conker and knock it off the string.
- My wife had a particular fondness for new conkers fresh from their shell, and usually had a few in her pocket.
- She would also put them on the floor by the skirting, she said they would keep spiders away.
- I don’t know if that is true, but the cats liked to play with them.