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Old 10-16-2016, 01:03 AM
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What stands out to me is that the 'acorns' on either end are so nicely smoothed and finished, while the center section seems rough and unfinished - if not the very middle, then certainly the bits connecting the acorns to the middle. It's maybe not even rounded off there?

Because such a different amount of care went into the different areas, I suspect that the piece was not meant to be a single unified object. I propose that the acorns were meant to be cut off and used for some other purpose: finial, knob, ornament, what have you. You're looking at parts still on the sprue, as it were.