Because I didn't know what they were, much less what they were called, I was clueless as to where to start my research. But thanks to the help of my dear friends, Barbara, Manoly, Claudia, Sea Witch and CC (to visit these lovey ladies just click on their names), the mystery has been solved.
They are Bobbins to make Lace.
Evidently this is an art form that isn't practiced by too many people today. And according to Barbara, the most famous lace made with these types of bobbins is called Brussels Lace, which originated in Brussels, Belgium. Below is a picture of a lovely lady wearing a gown made out of Brussels Lace. Gorgeous!
Needless to say, I am very happy that the mystery has been solved. And now that I know what they are, I can fully appreciate them, not only for their beauty, but also for the beautiful pieces of art they once probably made.
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