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What is this exterior wall feature?

Yes, it’s purely aesthetic. It’s called a “wainscot cap”. It’s more common on the interior. You can look it up on Google. The portion of the wall below the cap is called wainscoting panel and is often ...
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What is this cable painted into wall going up staircase?

I'd pull it all out. It looks like old telephone wire or a coax for tv. I've seen it ran like that before because someone wanted a phone line upstairs/downstairs or maybe an office back in the dial up ...
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What is this cable painted into wall going up staircase?

Yep, looks like electrical wire to me. It looks like the outer sheathing was damaged so I would definitely wrap it in a few layers of electrical tape. Invest in a handy-dandy Non-Contact Voltage ...
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What is this cable painted into wall going up staircase?

That is a cloth covered cable and most likely live. There is nothing weird about it it is very common in older homes pre 1960’s the cable was just painted over many times. In the past electrical code ...
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