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Old 10-17-2016, 11:39 AM
md2000 md2000 is offline
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The posts that connect the acorn tops to the square - are they round or square?
The part that's visible seems as though it may have been round but a chunk splintered off.
Otherwise, someone went through a lot of trouble to make those smaller posts square, when rounding on a lathe would have been the easiest way to make them... suggesting this has a reason.

Square stems would suggest it slid into a paired fork specifically so it did not turn.

It sure looks like it resembles some of the parts of this contraption: