Nick White acquired this mystery tool recently. Any ideas anyone?

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It looks maybe agricultural ? or green woodworking ? i.e. springing something apart and then holding it there while performing a task. What task Nick knows not!
Note the marks on the sides of the wooden handles which appear to be accidental saw cuts.

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The handles are wood approx. 17.5" long, the iron "stirrup" ends are about 3" between the points.

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#1 Andy 2019-01-21 02:37
Although the examples I own work on a gradual basis has anyone considered it being used as a Cellermans Cask Haunch? Cheers Andy
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#2 Andy 2019-05-28 06:37
Positive identification as leg/carcass spreaders when butchering hanging pigs etc
Cheers Andy
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