Graphical Construction Glossary >> stairs. >> general >> Handrail Gooseneck
The gooseneck is not absolutely necessary, but it does provide a good looking alternative to the sloping handrail stopping abruptly at the newel post.
Above is a stair designer and or a craftsman stair builder having fun with goosenecks. A stair that continues around in a quarter turn can get quite complicated if taken to extremes.
It is no wonder that modern designers tend to give them a miss. Even when there is no actual newel post, as seen in the photo below.
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