aluminum garden gate finial
I recently rescued a swell cast aluminum Cocker Spaniel from the chain link fence gate where he'd been for about 50 years. (the house is coming down at the end of this month, and I couldn't let them haul such a neat little dog to the dump) He's since been mounted on my front gate where he can keep an eye on the comings and goings here.
He got me thinking; when was a child in Virginia, it seemed like almost everyone had some neat-o cast gate finial. (except us, we just had those dumb old curliques) These were not mounted on a post, but rather, on the gate itself to dress up an otherwise drab chain link fence. Along with the Cocker Spaniel, I can recall seeing a German Shepherd, a horse with a rider, and a Borzoi. Are there others, and what are they really called?