"This is definitely what police departments referred to as a "night stick" or "billy club." Because of is size, it's probably a riot stick, carried by officers during demonstrations. I have a shorter one carried…"
"the bracket is just a bit longer and now that i check it more closely the screws do come through just below some leaves. The screws are in the same place on each side. whoever added the bracket did a nice job."
"That's what everyone said when I mentioned it could be a trivet, that the bracket was throwing them (and in the pic I showed, the lighting made the bracket look as if it was the same color as the trivet). I tried to see close-up, but are the…"
"How interesting! The idea of a trivet did cross my mind because of the feet, but the bracket was throwing me. I like that it can be displayed standing up. It looks pretty cool that way sitting on a shelf. Thanks for the information."
"I was just going to reply that it looks a lot like a trivet we have in the shop (minus the bracket which, as you said, could have been added for display or as some sort of steampunk-esque idea). Thanks for the pics!"