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ohio gal



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: Help with terminology - what is this ? ? Reply with quote

I have been getting a stiff neck by looking up at a lot of the old homes with slate roofs. Some have this curved 'ornament' at the edges I will try to attach a picture. I have researched a bit but cannot find any term to describe these. H E L P ! These look so nifty.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Roof Ridge Finial"

It looks like those in the photo are a "frond" or "scroll" motif. These are often found on tile roofs, and made of terra-cotta. If the ones in the photo are made of terra-cotta it might suggest that the original roof was terra-cotta tile, although they could have been used with a slate roof too.

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ohio gal



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See now I had clumped all "finial" type ornaments in the vertical and straight shape category. My Dad , who is 94, said that the metal ridge was used and bent at the ends. He's an architect ,but has his preferances in the 50s. This scroll shape ,when I have made note of it,seems to be more on slate in our area. Thanx ! any other areas of the country with terminology ideas ?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen them made of metal on "tin" roofs.
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