The branches of the Menora of the Temple were curved!

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Stone carvings from a synagogue that existed at the time of the Temple depict the Menora with curved brances.
See http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32797473/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/-year-old-menorah-depiction-found/ for details.
Despite the claims of Chabad, also Rambam and Rashi agree with the shape of the branches, depicted on the stone carving from the 2nd Temple period that was photographed in the article I linked to.
On the assumption that the links don’t change, see http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=37948&st=&pgnum=373&hilite=
and see http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84700460/f233.image.r=H%C3%A9breu.langEN
as evidence that both Rambam and Rashi accepted a curved branch Menora.
The synagogue that Rambam prayed in, also contained depictions of a curved branched Menora.