One of the most interesting items i've seen for a very long time!
Found by a friend recently and luckily its quite well preserved too. But what is it? Have to admit i'm not sure, best thought is some form of locking type slide mechanism perhaps. On the first photo, the lower bar i'm sure did retract fully & has a star shaped design on the stub end. The handle end used to pull back & forth.
Top section appears to be fully fixed although it too has a double-looped handle same as lower. Decorated 'ducks head' form seen on quite early metalwork is lovely.
Dating? I'd guess pre 12th and could be by quite a bit. Leaning maybe Romanesque 11/12th.
Unknown finds are now quite rare to see - & this is one of them. Length is about 4".
First picture is now doubled in size Fred!
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