Thanks so much all the people who responded with m question of 'What are the above items'.
So far I don't think I have the answer..
I forgot to mention that they do not have any hook on the end, they are just like knitting needles.
I Don't think they are anything to do with lace making, I think they are too long for prickers.
I'm pretty sure they are not used for acupucture so I still do not have a clue.
Somebody out there must know what they are.
Meanwhile I've been playing around with alternative crochet granny squares.
These turn out approx 7cm square worked on a 4.00ml hook with dk yarn.
Pretty don't you think.
The top 4 are daisy
the bottom outside 2 are fluffy flowers and the middle bottom is a daisy just set onto a square made as the above ones giving a 3d effect.