The gondola is the most iconic boat of Venice, and some say the most recognizable vessel in the world. Riding at the tip of her bow, the end-iron known as a ferro, is arguably the most recognized part of the boat.
Like most parts of the gondola, they all appear to be the same until you take a closer look. But like cavalli, deck trim, and many other parts of the gondola, there are different versions of the ferro.
Stainless steel and aluminum are the most common materials used, but there are others seen here and there.
Most have six fingers forward and one facing back, but we've observed five in front, a few times, even four.
Lots of ferri have decorative pieces between some of the forward fingers. Other ferri have a simpler approach.
Engravings, incised fields, mounted emblems, and other adornments make appearances here and there too.
In many cases it could be said that the ferro of a gondola says a lot about the guy who owns the boat.
So what's your favorite ferro design?
If you were putting together a gondola and could choose the design, or if you had to replace a ferro on your gondola, what details would you include?