"It measures 32” in the roped bar between the brackets and the brackets measure 18” from 4 screw holes at the base to the bar. I am inclined to agree it was a towel rack. It has no wear on the bar from anything abrasive."
"If by18: you are referring to the left to right measurement, then that would make the rack stand out from the wall approximately 7". Is that correct?
It does seem a little far, but the appearance still makes it look like a rack to hang…"