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Identification: Strange metal contraption.

Hello, I am looking for information about this late1850's photo of a British Boy's School. What is that strange metal contraption on the stump? Any guesses most appreciated.

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Comment by David McGreevy on September 27, 2021 at 19:52

Thanks, Chris.

Damage from what? Lightning?

Comment by Chris Pickering on September 27, 2021 at 19:50

This might not be helpful but I have seen similar metal structures around saplings and young trees in public parks to protect them from damage

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