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The small ornamental piece of wood, usually in the shape of either an acorn or a cone, which was fixed on the top of the spindle on the masthead of a sailing vessel which carried the vane. Its purpose was to prevent the vane, which had a very loose-fitting sleeve, from being blown off the spindle.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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