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Looks like an un-drilled bronze deck-top chainplate fitting with a matching under-deck brace that's meant to tie to a bulkhead or knee. The two parts would throughbolt together through the deck itself...

Nice piece.. is there a match for a pair?? Bound to be fairly boat-specific....
 

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I agree with faster, 100%.
 

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It looks like a stem reinforcement from a wooden boat
.. forestay 'chain plate'... yes could be.. would also explain why there's only one set.
 

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That's what I am thinking too. That strap went down the stem inside the boat. Maybe glassed in place maybe through bolted. The other piece needs to be drilled for headstay and jib tack shackle.

It's what's commonly known as a brass Benson.
 

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Faster,
There have been a few people say they think it's a chainplate. It's the only one we have, if it's a set, the other pair is long gone.
 

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It is infact a forestay as some others have suggested hence only one. Where is your Chandlery located?
 

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We are located in Jacksonville, Florida. Sailors Exchange, if you are interested in this part or others :)
Sorry about as far as you can get from there and still be in conus was thinking of boat builders here that would want such a lovely piece try listing on craigslist Seattle
 
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