Finial

Finial is a term used in Gothic architecture to describe the ornamental top of a gable, pinnacle, minaret, buttress or spire. The earliest finials, in the later half of the 10th century, were representations of bunches of leaves; but later developments of the same period are marked by greater elaboration. The term finial is frequently applied to a
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Finial

A slender piece of stone used to decorate the tops of the merlons, spire, tower, balustrade, etc.
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finial

An ornament at the tip of a pinnacle, spire or other tapering vertical architectural element.
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finial

[n] - an ornament at the top of a spire or gable
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finial

a decorative feature at the very top of a part of a building
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Finial

Ornamental timber section added to the highest point of barge boards or hanging from stair newels on landings.
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Finial

Ornamental timber section added to the highest point of barge boards or hanging from stair newels on landings.
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Finial

A decorative architectural element - situated at the points of a building.
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Finial

the ornament on the end of a flagstaff or flagpole.
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Finial

An adornment found, for instance, on top of a teapot lid or on the tail of a spoon.
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Finial

An ornament at the top of a gable, pinnacle etc.
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Finial

topmost featured ornament, freestanding above spire gable etc. The pineapple, which was known as the welcome fruit was a popular model for finials but so were acorns and pinecones, and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between them without careful scrutiny.
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Finial

A vertical feature used as a decorative finish to a spire or steeple, at the apex of a gable, or the end of the ridge of a piended roof. Finials may be made of stone, terra-cotta, wrought or cast-iron, and vary enormously in size and complexity. Related Words: Cast iron work; Gable, gabled; Ridge, ridging; Spire, spirelet; Steeple; Terra cotta; Wro
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Finial

A small, decorative appendage that finishes an architectural element, especially at the tip of a pinnacle, spire or other tapering vertical element. From the Latin finis, meaning 'end'.
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finial

See knop.
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Finial

Fin'i·al noun [ Latin finire to finish, end. See Finish .] (Architecture) The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture; sometimes, the pinnacle itself.
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finial

noun an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis
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Finial

• (n.) The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture; sometimes, the pinnacle itself.
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finial

in architecture, the decorative upper termination of a pinnacle, gable end, buttress, canopy, or spire. In the Romanesque and Gothic styles, it ... [2 related articles]
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Finial

The finial is an architectural device, typically carved in stone and employed decoratively to emphasize the apex of a gable or any of various distinctive ornaments at the top, end, or corner of a building or structure. Smaller finials can be used as a decorative ornament on the ends of curtain rods or applied to chairs and furniture. These are fre
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Finial

A decorative detail that has carved or shaped to ornament the top of an upright piece such as a bedpost. Finials are commonly found in the opening of a broken pediment or on the topping a lamp. Common motifs include flames, urns, and pineapples.
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finial

the decorative ornament at the top of an object or on ends of curtain rods
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Finial

Ornament placed at the top of a cover or corner of a pediment.
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Finial

A slender piece of stone used to decorate the tops of the merlons, spire, tower, balustrade, etc.
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Finial

The crowning ornament of a pointed element, such as a spire.
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