Glass Finials

Written by Patty Yu
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Whether you go for glass finials, copper weathervanes, or bell cupolas, all of these decorative items provide beauty and function for the home and garden. These ornaments have been used widely in many architectural periods including Medieval, Tudor, and Victorian periods. Many historic buildings and structures still display these beautifully crafted ornaments.

Weathervanes, Cupolas, and Glass Finials

On common outdoor adornment placed on rooftops is the weathervane, which serves as an ornament that points in the direction wind blows. Weathervane styles have changed often throughout history, developing into an art form. Often made into creative shapes like animals, people, and various objects, weathervanes sometimes become quite valuable over time to become major collectible items.

Weathervanes are sometimes affixed to cupolas, which are small dome structures surmounting rooftops. We commonly see cupolas adorning the tops of churches, cathedrals, barns, and stables. Cupolas are a charming decorative structure, but do provide a functional purpose--the little dome allows hot air to escape out the windows and also provides extra light into the room below it.

Another ornament sometimes found on a cupola is the finial. Made from a variety of materials, such as copper or glass finials, these decorative caps are usually attached to the apex of various architectural structures such as towers, cupolas, gazebos, or turrets. Copper and glass finials help prevent weather damage to those structures, while providing some aesthetic appeal as well.


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