The top part of a grandfather clock is generally called the crown. There exist four types of crown styles, such as the split pediment, the bonnet, the federal and the flat top.
The Split Pediment Grandfather Clock Crown is commonly compared with a swan neck due to its swan-like curvatures. The curved endings can be crafted straight or rosette. On top between split pediment crowns, there is a decorative ornament which is often referred to as a finial and rarely as an eagle. Some grandfather clock models have two finials on the sides of split pediment which are called a spire. Both finials are usually crafted in wood or brass.
The Bonnet Grandfather Clock Crown encases the clock face and is occasionally referred to as a hood. This type of grandfather top has a full arched facade. This type of the crown is commonly used in the traditional design of a grandfather clock.
The Federal Grandfather Clock Crown has a pinnacle facade and is the primary focal point of the piece. This type of the crown gives an elegant look to a grandfather clock but it is rather rare among modern manufactures.
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