Newel Posts

One of my favorite architectural details in historic old homes is the newel and finial found at the base of wooden staircases. Most people just refer to them as “newel posts”. Sometimes I find simple finials for simple homes, while others are elaborately carved masterpieces. The two pictured here were ones I found while viewing homes not too long ago.

Some are worn down after a century of use by the multitude of hands that have grasped them over the years. It always makes me wonder who those people were and what became of them, and if they ever realized that something as simple as a touch would give patina to an object that only a lover of historic homes would notice.

If you want to see a variety of newel posts, here is a company in Pennsylvania that has pages of them listed for sale, all of different styles.

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