I am about to do some restoration to my standing rigging, and I am puzzled by the short piece (approx 3 ft) of wire rigging that is installed as a lower segment of the upper shroud. Was this piece installed at the factory, or was it something that a previous owner did? If installed at the factory, why would it be installed that way, rather than as one piece to the mast top? When replacing this shroud, should I duplicate that configuration, or would a one-piece shroud be better? Any help will be appreciated.