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mbarstow
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Acorn Drops

Post by mbarstow »

We live in New England in a garrison colonial. I would like to find, what I've been told, are called "acorn drops." They are just wooden ornaments found under the overhang on old garrisons. Lumber yards don't seem to carry them and I've been told they are impossible to find. Does anyone know where to find these?
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Post by S Melissa »

Try Renovator's Supply or Van Dykes - both carry wood brackets etc. Another option would be to get a picture and have a finish carpenter in the area make them for you - especially good in order to get the perfect size as sometimes the newer stuff is slightly smaller scale than what is required by the old. Also, you might check salvage yards in the area - they will often carry brackets and other exterior vintage decorative woodwork.

Both Van Dykes and REnovator's Supply have catalogs and are on line. Also, in this site is the Gingerbred Man - he might have something as well. Good Luck.
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Post by Dave »

These are usually refered to as "pendills". Try searching with that term.

http://freenet.buffalo.edu/bah/a/DCTNRY/p/pendill.html

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Can anyone supply a picture?

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Post by Dave »

a pendill:

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Post by Dave »

They were popular on first period houses. (1600s). I have never seen one on a house later than 1700

This image shows them in situ (one hangs above the people). You can see another on the left corner of the house. I suspect they were not decorative attachments, but decorative treatment to existing corner posts extending down from the upper storeys.

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Post by Greg »

I have about a dozen or so on my house, but they are apart of brackets, not just an acorn by itself. Possibly a nod to the past.

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Post by The Gingerbread Man »

Try these people. They do fantastic turnings.
http://www.cinderwhit.com
They also restore old war birds.

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