Originating in the United States during the colonial era, picket fences were used to maintain boundaries and reign small animals in the yard or keep small wild animals out of gardens. Over time, the designs evolved and developed into more ornate styles.
Picket styles varied from the flat simple kind such as the Blank Picket-which is a perfect rectangle, the Round Picket- which is a rounded top on an otherwise perfect rectangle. The triangular top type, which is called the Pointed Picket, is the basis for the more ornamental types. The Windsor Picket is similar to pointed picket but the triangle tops are rounded and sculpted with the row of pickets forming a scalloped outer edge. Osbourne Picket is the rarest type to still see. A rounded pyramid tops rectangles. The formation staggers a shorter row beneath a taller row to create a double fence appearance. Torrens Picket have a triangular top that has been perfectly smoothed without losing its triangle shape. Malvern Picket is the formation of concave scalloped pickets with beveled posts.
Finials were added on top of the pickets for additional decorative enhancement. Some of the types of posts are the Round- circular balls either smith or carved, the Windsor-multiple, ornately carved and various-sized balls. The Acorn is a pointed-tipped, smooth or textured acorn or artichoke design. The Pyramid Cap is a shallow triangle shape. The Molded Cedar is a simple beveled flat top and the Star Top is either a star or a Fleur de lis. The French Gothic finial is a spear with ornate curled edges shooting from base.
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