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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")
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