And the answer is…

chinese enamel on bronze

Ladies and gentlemen, they’re Qing dynasty hat stands. Laraine was closest, with helmets. Not for guests, like a hat rack, but for the men of the house to place their hats upon when coming home. And why are there two? Not for the lady of the house, who wouldn’t have worn a hat, but because parents lived with one of their married sons and so there were often two men per household. Good job, all!

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