Seven figural soft wood posts, circa 1900, around 16 inches tall, that sold earlier this year at a Skinner auction. They depict men and women and each one has a black painted boot bottom. Their purpose, if they had one other than to look cool, is unknown to me. The pre-auction estimate, $400-$600, turned out to be a bit off. They sold for $2,450.
* I have subsequently learned that these might be 19th century bowling pins.