"You say that the bottom is wood and hard and you say that the items are hollow down to the slots. Is the top part also wood? Is it solid wood from the slot to the bottom of the object? I have just reread your first description and am…"
"When was your great-grandmother born and when did she die? This would help in trying to date the bag. Also, sometimes we assume that if an item belonged to "x" generation that it must have belonged to the person when s/he was…"
"Your pics suggest to me that this in only a part of the object - as Jeremy and Jesse suggest. Is it stable? Your third pic makes it appear (to me) that it is resting on the edges of the hole. Is there wear on the rim or anywhere else? If…"
"I haven't been in a fabric store in a couple of years, but some stores had measuring sticks of this type (don't know names of manufacturers) attached to their counters. Some stores had -maybe still do - a device that was attached to…"
"Could we have a side view so that we can see how those "arms" angle or don't angle? Do the "arms" have signs of wear that would indicate that something might have hung from them? A couple of "angled"…"