tapestry bobbins

Bobbins: a picture dictionary

Bobbins: a picture dictionary

It has come to my attention that the word bobbin in the world of fiber can be confusing. There are a lot of particular products that are called "bobbins". If you're new to the world of fiber, that can be a bit of a stumbling block. 

This post contains photos of the fiber things that are most likely being referred to. You'll be able to make an educated guess if you know whether the speaker is discussing a tapestry, fabric weaving, sewing, or spinning project. All of them are things that hold yarn in some form or another.

My grandmothers tapestry bobbins

I am wondering if any of you are familiar with these bobbins?
They belonged to my grandmother and she isn't in any shape to answer questions about them any more. I think they are beautiful, but I really don't have a use for them. I am hoping someone knows their origin and whether they are really used for tapestry weaving on high warp looms. They are quite large so I imagine they were used with large weft bundles.

I am also curious about these shuttles. Does anyone have working models of them? How do the bobbins fit into them to actually hold the yarn? They have metal tips and I imagine would take quite a beating. With the metal loops sticking up they must go through a huge shed! These also belonged to my grandmother.

Happy weaving!