According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finial) …
A finial or hip-knob is an element marking the top or end of some object, often formed to be a decorative feature. In architecture it is a decorative device, typically carved in stone, employed decoratively to emphasize the apex of a dome, spire, tower, roof, or gable or any of various distinctive ornaments at the top, end, or corner of a building or structure. Where there are several such elements they may be called pinnacles. Smaller finials in materials such as metal or wood are used as a decorative ornament on the tops or ends of poles or rods such as tent-poles or curtain rods or any object such as a piece of furniture. These are frequently seen on top of bed posts or clocks. Decorative finials are also commonly used to fasten lampshades, and as an ornamental element at the end of the handles of souvenir spoons. The charm at the end of a pull chain (such as for a ceiling fan or a lamp) is also known as a finial.
During the various dynasties in China, a finial was worn on the top of the hats civil or military officials wore during formal court ceremonies. The finial was changed to a knob for other daily usage (including semi-formal ceremonies).
I don’t know what the two finials we have here were originally used for… bedposts, perhaps? They are, however, very heavy and intricately shaped, although they may be missing a top piece.
Condition: Very good.
Dimensions: about 10″ tall
Price: Were $24 for the pair, now just $18!. (Plus the obligatory 5.5% State of Maine Sales Tax, of course.)
Location: Undercover Antique Mall, 960 Main Street, Oxford ME. Their telephone is (207) 539-4149. We are booth #56!
NOTE: With the exception of books, maps & music, most of our antique and other inventory can now be found at one of the great antique shops or flea markets listed here: https://heritagecollectiblesmaine.com/details-hours/
We hope you will enjoy our booths at those locations as you did our shop on Main Street.
For those dying to check out the revamped Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps, we are still in the same building, but our new entrance is at the back of that building. You’ll see some signs in the windows saying “Heritage Collectibles”, “Retail Shop” and “Welcome”!
Just turn off Main Street in Lewiston onto Park Street and park in the first available parking spot. The entrance is through the door at the end of the building on the right hand side. You’ll see signs in the windows (“Retail Store” and “Heritage Collectibles” and “Antiques” as well as others; you’ll also see my silver Jeep Liberty parked there.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past three+ years!
In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.
He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.
Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.
All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.
(Please Note: The Grief Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1. Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)