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Fortunately, original features were preserved underneath these midcentury materials, and torn out moldings, mantels, balusters, newels, pilasters and built-in cabinets were found in scrap piles in the basement.
Tom was also self taught in the intricate art of bird carving which now adorn the mantels in the family homes.
The original hardwood floors, mantels and moldings have been preserved, as well as the large porcelain farmhouse kitchen sink.
In the living room, pictures of Mr. Foxman with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama sit on a mantel next to family photos and a silver menorah.
Admire the Giacometti or the Richter over the mantel, but don't lavish compliments on the owner's taste.
Garden stool, coffee table, and glass jars (on mantel): vintage, similar items available through Antiques of South Windmere, Charleston, SC; 843/571-2755.
The mirror is held in place by a frame of wood molding that matches the fireplace mantel and surround.
According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the painting now resides, within a year nearly every home had a print, engraving or needlework version displayed on the mantel.
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mantle vs. mantel
Keeping mantel and mantle straight is relatively simple.
Mantel in modern English largely does one job: it refers to the shelf above a fireplace. You can remember it by thinking of the "el" in both mantel and shelf.
Mantle on the other hand, does many jobs, including a number that are technical or scientific. Its most common uses are to refer to a literal cloak, mostly of the kind worn in days of yore ("she drew her mantle tighter"), and to a figurative cloak symbolizing authority or importance ("taking on the mantle of the museum's directorship"). It also refers to a general covering in literary uses like "wet earth covered in a mantle of leaves" or "a past shrouded in a mantle of secrecy." And it's also the term for the middle layer of the Earth between the crust and the inner core.
There is, however, a catch to these distinctions: mantle is sometimes used (especially in American English) to refer to the shelf above a fireplace as well—that is, as a synonym of mantel.
This isn't terribly surprising, given the histories of the words. They both derive from the Latin word mantellum, which refers both to a cloak and to a beam or stone supporting the masonry above a fireplace. The words came into use in English a couple centuries apart, but were for a time in the past nothing more than spelling variants.
While it's certainly simpler to use mantle in all cases, mantel is significantly more common as the choice for the shelf, which means it's the safer choice in those cases.
Origin and Etymology of mantel
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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