Mark wrote: “We have to make sure your old finial is structurally sound enough to go back up on the roof. Sometimes these old finials are held together by much more than their last paint job.”
I replied that the finial seems quite sound, actually. It has an interior “plate” about half-way up, and then a rod going all the way to the top. The interior show no corrosion, and the whole feels solid. The issues are, mostly, about applied parts.
So, I now await an estimate! And am breathless with anticipation!