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Last edited 12 Mar 2018
A finial is a small, ornamental, termination piece that can be found at the top of some architectural features such as gables, pinnacles, newel posts and gate posts, as well as on the top of parts of some pieces of furniture, at the end of curtain poles and so on.
They are typically spherical in shape, but may be very ornamented, or even sculptural.
The word 'finial' is derived from the Latin ‘finis’ meaning ‘end’.
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