Hmm, industrial spools or industrial bobbins? Or maybe they are called both.
I do know that I love the patina and various sizes of each piece, and details like the red paint, green paint and metal ends. I often wonder the task they were made for and where these hard working pieces were put to use.
They are not used nearly enough in my decor and were kind of hidden away in my hobby room/studio (plus two new ones I found recently.)
I have been considering selling them in my etsy shop or trying to find a vintage sale to hook up with. We just don't have a lot of horizontal and open display surfaces here. For now I brought them down to our kitchen table to enjoy for a few days.
I'm joining the following parties...
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Cowgirl Up Week at Cedar Hill Ranch