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Gate Pier Finials
Pier cap finials. These are additional decorative stone finials that can be fitted to
the top of a pier cap. The most popular is a ball and neck, or just a ball. Chilstone
have one of the biggest collections of stone ball and neck combinations in the UK.
Other pier cap finial options. Pineapples have long been used on pier capitals as
a symbol of welcome and hospitality. This goes back to the times when explorers to
the West Indies and Americas learned that a pineapple (an exotic fruit in those days)
was placed at an entrance of a village, signifying welcome.
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