The hardware is likely bronze, not brass. Brass isn't used much on boats, since it doesn't hold up to salt water exposure all that well. It would help if you said what kind of boat you had, since it may be a stock part on that boat, with a known source... I'd highly recommend you read this POST
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.