I think we have finally figured out what these are. Thanks to all of you and your ideas. Some were correct.
I looked up vintage silverplated holders and these are definitely ramekin holders. You bake the ramekin dishes in the oven and then take them out and put them in these with the handle to serve on the table!!
Astonishingly enough, the prices floored me - anywhere from $70 to $300/each. BUT, those were with the original ramekin dishes and some were Limoges. I hope to find some ramekins that will fit into the ones I have.
I was going to make pincushions out of them but am rethinking that idea! LOL
Thanks for all of your help!
Till next time, Judy