We have handled a lot of weathervanes but this Beaver is our favorite. Both the body and tail are molded and soldered copper sheet with what appears to be an early, if not original, gilt surface. We were most taken with his extended pay, buck tooth and his prodigious tail that extends horizontally from the body. He stands on a copper rod which also provides support for the tail.
He is a great size - nose to tail is 37 inches, 20 inches tall (25 inches tall in the contemporary stand) and 1 1/4 inches thick.
The beaver is not found in any of the commercial weathervane catalogs and is surely custom made, likely dating to the later part of the 19th Century. This is the only one we have seen.
Condition is excellent. There are no losses and no repairs (and no bullet holes). He retains a majority of an early gilt surface.
So, if you are looking for that rare and wonderful piece of folk art, just "leave it to (the) Beaver."
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