Reference: American Weathervanes – The Art of the Winds by Robert Shaw, page 213
Additional Information: Full-bodied cast iron vanes of this distinctive form [and
roosters] have long been attributed to “Rochester Iron Works, Rochester, New
Hampshire,” however, extensive research has not located the company, nor any
nineteenth-century firm known to have advertised or produced weathervanes in New
Hampshire. The vanes feature two-piece cast-iron bodies with sheet iron tails inserted
between the body halves. These elegant horses have been found in six sizes.
Weathervane, Locomotive with Engineer…Billowing Smoke Date/Period: 1870-1950
Measurement: Height: 19.5"; Length: 46"
Material: Sheet and wrought iron
Condition: Very good, as expected, and desired minor edge deterioration to
cowcatcher and horizontal bar under the cowcatcher caused by weathering/rust.
Additional Information: A good vane, displaying age and the vestiges of time
outdoors. The maker made others of similar design, a silhouette with wrought iron
bracing. Sold with display stand.
Figural Staff Finial or Weathervane, Hermes… Date/Period: Early, tool marks & handwrought rivets
suggest 18th or early 19th Century
Measurement: Height: 22”, width: 12”
Material: Copper, traces of gilt
In both Greek and Roman mythology, Hermes/Mercury, the
fastest of all gods wears a winged hat and winged sandals. He carries the Caduceus, a
short staff entwined by two serpents, surmounted by wings. In his other hand is a
satchel. Hermes/Mercury is Zeus' messenger, God of Commerce and Market, God of
Thieves… guide of the dead.
The pierced silhouette is chisel cut and filed, dark patina.
19th Century Horse & Sulky w/ Driver Weathervane
Attributed to Jewell & Co., Waltham, MA, circa 1860
Copper, zinc, and iron
Excellent horse and sulky weathervane displaying outstanding original surface history;
original yellow sizing, and traces of gilt and old red paint. Some of the tack is iron wire,
perhaps nineteenth century bailing wire used on the farm; the wire appears to be
contemporary to the vane. Repaired bullet holes, one ear likely a working period
replacement; displays well.
(Height: 20"; length: 33"; width: 5")
Weathervane, Rooster, Full Bodied, Honest Verdigris Surface Date/Period: 1880-1900
Measurement: Height: 24.5"; width: 24"; depth: 4"
Material: Copper and zinc
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: A molded slightly flattened full body for standing on an arrow
having sheet copper corrugated fletching…all with original verdigris surface. The
rooster’s feet and arrowhead are case zinc. There is no stand however we can have a
professional stand fabricated for buyer.
Condition: Honest verdigris surface, one bullet hole
Additional Information: Full body featuring good detail.
Nineteenth Century Sheet Iron Running Horse Weathervane, Guaranteed Period Date/Period: Circa 1890 - SOLD
Measurement: 34.25" x 23.5"
Material: Sheet iron, paint
Condition: Very good especially considering age and use
Additional Information: An honest-to-goodness antique example in great surface…dry
old red over green paint. A second sheet of iron is riveted to the right side stiffening the
body and ensuring the integrity of mounting fixture. Interesting is that the rivet bodies
are split and clinched. The piercings of handwrought bracket are worn thin and smooth
form 125+ years of spinning. Makes a very graphic wall display.
Weathervane, Northern Pike
This highly stylized large copper weathervane measures 49-inches in length and is 11-inches in height. The surface is clean with only the most minor dings; gold leaf with traces of a yellow sizing.
Weathervane, Full Bodied Bull, Copper and Cast Zinc Head, Honest Surface
Anonymous, later 19th to Early 20th Century
Original surface including sizing, traces of gilt and verdigris
(Missing horizontal tube and minor solder repairs; dent removed from haunch; H: 15.25", L: 22", W: 6")
Weathervane, Running Horse, Ethan Allen Flattened Full Body, Old Honest White Paint
Unknown Maker, Late 19th Century - SOLD
Molded copper with cast iron head, sheet copper mane, full bodied tail, old dry white paint over verdigris with vestiges of gilt. (22.75 by 31.5”)
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