Fence post finial, as used at Melbourne Cricket Ground c1880s

Object Type
Building and grounds/Fence/Finial
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Object Detail

Brief Description
Dark wood fence post finial with metal decoration, bolted onto rectangular polished pine display block with text label stuck in front. Finial is carved in a roughly octagonal shape, square at base and converging to a soft-pointed peak. Metal decoration nailed to front is in the form of an upside-down eight-petalled flower with leaves and a fleur-de-lis above. The back is also polished but seems to have been roughly ripped off its original backing. Typed text label on white/cream rectangular card reads, "A SECTION OF A POST OF THE STYLE WHICH ENCLOSED THE GROUND FROM ABOUT 1880 UNTIL RECENT TIMES. THESE POSTS WERE HAND SHAPED WITH AN ADZE AND DECORATED AS SHOWN. THE POSTS HAVE BEEN REPLACED, BUT THE CROSSBARS AND PICKETS OF METAL STILL EXIST, BUT THE FLEUR-DE-LIS TOP HAS BEEN MODIFIED FOR SAFETY REASONS."
0 - Whole: H: 295 W: 222 D: 172mm (H: 11 5/8 W: 8 3/4 D: 6 3/4")
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