"Put a feather with a fossil and a bit of coral and everyone will think it's a specimen. Put the same feather with a ribbon and an artificial flower and everyone will think it's for a lady's hat. Put the same feather with an ink-bottle, a book and a stack of writing-paper, and most men will swear they've seen a quill pen"
- Father Brown in The Perishing of the Pendragons, G. K. Chesterton
Don't they actually look a lot like little furniture legs with felt nailed on the bottom to prevent scraping?
The other end would be a spike to insert into the bottom of whatever furniture-y thing they were originally attached to...
That seems like the most logical explanation to me. But it had not struck me until I saw them in the photos, apart from the tools in the box.
I've always liked that thought in that Father Brown story, but now it's really been delievered home!
(I still think they make pretty tools, once I find what they're actually useful for...)