Ball-tip. A small sphere at the end of a projection on a medallic item to eliminate sharp points, particularly on decorations, badges or other items to be worn. Such ball-tips prevent the point of the projection from piercing any garment (or skin!) and actually adds to the aesthetic beauty of the piece. Certain crosses – as Maltese crosses – are frequently designed with ball-tips because of their shape and sharp pointed arms.
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