Gorgeous French picture hook covers known as Cache Clous which means "hide the hook" in French. This is a great French idea but most people don't know how or what they are used for. They are decorative metal ornaments that are hooked over a nail when hanging your painting or picture. These are made to cover the unsightly nail and provide a more aesthetic look. There is a small fixing bracket on the back of each one that easily slips into position over the nail. When used as a cover they can provide a touch of French elegance to any room. Cache Clous can also used as embellishments on other things like mirrors and furniture. They make a lovely finishing touch to any room's decoration giving a nostalgic Chateau Chic feeling. I have to admit I get my brass, gilt and ormolu confused sometimes but these are definitely weighty pieces with a beautiful patina and they are all originals from France.
As with all antique/ vintage items, you should look closely at all of the photographs, to ensure that any age related blemishes/ faults are acceptable to you.
"Ormolu" - a gold-colored alloy of copper, zinc, and tin used in decorating furniture and making ornaments.