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  DIMINUTIVE ROOSTER WEATHERVANE WITH PLEASING AND LEGITIMATE EARLY SURFACE, CA 1875-1890's
Dimensions (inches): 19" tall (incl. stand) x 19" wide. The present base is 5" wide.
Description:
DIMINUTIVE ROOSTER WEATHERVANE WITH PLEASING AND LEGITIMATE EARLY SURFACE, CA 1875-1890's:

At just 18" tall and 19" wide, this full-bodied, copper, rooster weathervane is especially small among its counterparts. Most from the major weathervane makers of the late 19th century were approximately 24" on each dimension. The difference here is dramatic in terms of visual perception and presence.

Diminutive forms like this provide a nice compliment to a large collection, and are nice where space is otherwise limited.

The surface of this vane is early, legitimate, and attractive. Well-worn oxblood red paint is present, specked with green verdigris where worn through to the copper beneath. On top of this is yellow sizing, which was the undercoat for the gold leaf. The wear is from regular use. Made ca 1875-1890's, the in-service gilding probably dates to the 1900-1920 era.

The maker of the vane is unknown. While there were 300+ makers in the late 19th century, most molded copper forms one will encounter, when attributed to a maker, will be assigned to Fiske, Cushing & White, Westervelt, Harris, Mott, or Washburne, all of which were New York or Massachusetts-based firms, all of whom copied one-another's forms. A cursory look through 8 weathervane texts, incorporating many illustrated catalogues from these and other makers, resulted in no exact matches.

In summary, a great little example with nice surface for the discriminating collector.

Condition: There are minor dents, but nothing of consequence. The surface reflects limited, early, in-service painting and gilding during its course of use, as described above. There is no modern repair or re-surfacing. Notes: The base is excellent, but if unsatisfactory we can produce any manner of base or wall mount.
   
Primary Color: gold
Earliest Date: 1875
Latest Date: 1890's
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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