A 17th-century knitting sheath inscribed " Elizabeth R 1652".
So, if I haven't dropped sufficient hints, the pictures all show knitting sheaths.
Being a romantic, it's the use of knitting sheaths as love tokens that interests me most.
Knitting sheaths are somewhat more businesslike and intended for everyday use by men as well as women and children.
Like love spoons, knitting sheaths are often carved with initials and names, while extremely rare examples have a small paper label with names written on them concealed beneath a small horn cover.