mantelpiece

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mantelpiece

1. a shelf above a fireplace often forming part of the mantel
2. another word for mantel

Mantelpiece

The fittings and decorative elements of a mantel, including a cornice and shelf carried above the fireplace.

mantelpiece

1. The fittings and decorative elements of a mantel above a fireplace.
2. A shelf above a mantel; often called a mantelshelf.
3. The construction that serves as a support for the masonry above a fireplace.
References in classic literature ?
She turned away to the mantelpiece, and stood gazing at the photograph, her back towards him.
She leaned on the mantelpiece, burying her face in her arms, and burst into a passion of sobs.
In his black moments it had been enough for him to look up at the photograph on the mantelpiece, and instantly he was alone no longer.
He went to the mantelpiece and took up the photograph.
I went to his room, and there was an envelope on the mantelpiece, and a letter with an address in Seton Street, off the Kennington Road.
Finally, to my astonishment, Holmes climbed up on to the massive mantelpiece.
You could not observe that from here, but if you were on the mantelpiece you would see that it is cut clean off without any mark of fraying whatever.
The bed, the carpet, the chairs the mantelpiece, the dead body, and the rope were each in turn examined, until at last he professed himself satisfied, and with my aid and that of the inspector cut down the wretched object and laid it reverently under a sheet.
I will take this photograph of Blessington, which I see upon the mantelpiece, as it may help me in my inquiries.
Instead of taking the way of the door she leaned back, with her shoulders against the tablet of the mantelpiece, as a wayfarer rests against a fence.
But after answering him she remained leaning negligently against the mantelpiece in the attitude of a resting wayfarer.
The vases fell off the mantelpiece, the canisters fell off the shelf; the kettle fell off the hob.