Please help with granddaughters vintage brass bed finial

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Old 04-26-18, 10:40 AM
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Please help with granddaughters vintage brass bed finial

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I am brand new. I purchased a vintage cast iron headboard and footboard at a thrift shop our granddaughter. I didn't realize until I came home that it is missing one of the brass finials on the footboard. I am posting pictures for you. I am sorry that they are turned but do not know how to format as well as measurements. I hope someone can guide my husband and I as to where to purchase a replacement and how to attach. I looked for hours online and found a place that sells the brass ball but uncertain about the measurements. Here is what we measured. The diameter of the brass ball finial is 2" The height of just the ball itself with out the small piece which is still attached to the bed post is 1 3/4" The height of from the top of the brass ball to the bottom of the brass part that is still attached to the bed is 3 1/2". the hole that it will screw into is 1 1/4" . We are unable to remove the other balls to look inside because they just spin. I thank you for any help you can provide to us.
 
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I would purchase a brass ball of the same size as the one on the headboard. Once you have the replacement ball you'll need to cut a hole in the bottom to slip over it's base on the headboard. You can set the ball on the base and then trace around it with a permanent marker. Then cut INSIDE the line you marked. You want your first hold cutout to be a bit too small. Give it a test fit. If the hole is too small to slide over the base use a file to slowly enlarge it until it snugly fits. If it's a bit loose or you just want to make extra sure it stays in place you can glue it with two part epoxy.
 
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Where would I purchase the brass ball?
 
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In your first post you said you found a place that sold them.

"...and found a place that sells the brass ball..."
 
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There may be a threaded rod that goes thru the entire frame to hold that on. There may be a nut inside the finial cup that can be unscrewed. I would try to get the broken finial off and go from there.

That is a specialty item and will take a little bit of investigating to locate.
You could visit local bedroom furniture places to see if they can help.

Here's a starting point too.... google/image/search=brass+finial+balls
 
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Ebay has a lot of brass finials for bed posts. Probably just get 2 new ones (or two vintage) so they match.
 
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Yes but the brass ball contains the entire "bottom" the only part that is missing is the actual circle ball.
 
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Ok.... then if just want to find the ball only... you'll need to look for it.
You may to locate the correct size and cut it like Dane mentioned.
 
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The chances of finding just the ball part for a vintage headboard are probably zilch to none.
Seems it would be easier to just replace the whole thing.
 
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