Hand Grenade Finials

At the entrance to one of the paths through the Wild Garden this gateway quotes from the familiar use of decorative finials on neo-classical gate piers. But the finials here are in the form of hand grenades, their shoulders adorned with firing pins. During the Second World War grenades were nicknamed pineapples by British soldiers because of the similarity of shape. This work embodies the paradoxical relationship between conflict and fruitfulness.

Hand Grenade Finials  (LS Guide, p. 124). Stone on a brick gateway, with metal pins. David Edwick, 1991.