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Balustrade

- a parapet or stair rail composed of uprights (balusters) carrying a coping or handrail, usually they are there for safety reasons eg at a balcony, but they can be used for simple separation as in parterre gardens. Balusters nearly always swell in the centre, if they donít, they appear as very spindly, and barely able to support the weight of the cope that they carry.