What a wonderful "folksy" silhouette weathervane of a horse drawn cat and its passengers. We love the details such as the woman playing the flute, the whip and the decorative plumes on the horse. The punched holes in the design add another dimension when viewed with light in the background.
This silhouette vane on a hand wrought stand was most likely made by a creative blacksmith, probably using a purchased pattern, sometime in the early 1900's. "Silhouette art was revived by the weather-vane makers of the early 20th Century as a means of providing subjects that were contemporary and that would have a wide appeal. The silhouette weather-vanes that especially appealed to the small home builder of the twenties were those that told a story." (Weather Vanes by Charles Klamkin, p.37)
The weathervane itself measures 21" by 14". The vane on stand measures 19 1/2" by 22 1/2" by 20 1/2". Interestingly, the North/South rod measures 19 1/2" and the East/West rod measures 20 3/8", likely an error of the blacksmith.
The condition is very good with no losses and no repairs. There is a small amount of surface rust (see photo details).