The banneret weather vane is a very early form derived from the heraldic cloth banners used in medieval times to identify the armies of the many noblemen. They were popular in England in the 17th and 18th Centuries and the style was brought to this country by the early settlers. There was a resurgence in interest in the banner and banneret forms in the Victorian era - the second half of the 19th Century. It is likely this weathervane dates to that period.
This banneret has a classic form of a square tail or rudder topped with a decorated spire and matching foliate designs on the trailing corners. These resemble the classic flour de lis and may indicate the design had a French connection or inspiration. The square section has a trefoil at its center surrounded by pierced leaves. The square section is bordered on three sides with rope twists. The wind direction is pointed with a stylized arrow.
The banneret material is copper with either copper or other non-ferrous metal for the supports. The vane retains an early weathered verdigris surface. Some heavy areas of solder suggest some early repairs. The stand is contemporary.
Item ID: FR0406
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