A reader named Carlene (no blog that I know of) educated me that those little animal charms in this post are celluloid and were attached to string bread ties as a premium. That explains what I described as tassels on two of them. That is just what remains of the string they were tied on with. Once I knew what to look for I was able to find out there are all kinds, including some that are hand painted. So much more fun than the plastic and wire ties we get today!