Great guesses, Kids!
But Carapace is correct. 😀
They are “bones” and Sir Beads’ grandfather made them.
According to this excerpt from www.beats.com:
“Second to that of the human voice, “musical bones” are the oldest instruments known to man throughout the anatomy of music and sound.”
They’re played by holding them between the fingers of one hand, and clacking them together in a rhythmical motion to make a sound. Originally, they might have been made of real animal bones or stone. Perhaps you’ve seen someone playing spoons – another way to make percussion sounds with something inexpensive and readily available!
Sadly, I never met Grandfather “Beads”, but I’ve heard delightful stories about him. When he was close to eighty years old, he would entertain his grandkids (including Sir Beads) by standing on his head!!! He was a talented woodcraftsmen. We have a beautiful table with curved legs that he made as a wedding present for his daughter (Sir Beads’ Mom).
We’re fortunate to have old photos of some dollhouses that he made.
Although these pictures are showing their age (dated 1932), I think you can get an idea of how nice the dollhouses must have been.
Thanks for playing along on this. Actually, it gave me a new idea for Show and Tell Tuesday. We should all look to see if we can find something we can use as a “Guess what this is!”. 😀
And for more info on “bones”: Click here.