This all-copper banner style weathervane has a gilded copper sail, 5 copper balls and floral elements. It measures 29" long and 31 1/2" tall and sits on a contemporary museum base.
The center cut-out on the sail leaves a form reminiscent of waves on the water, suggesting it would have been popular near the water.
It is embellished with four flowers on the vertical shaft and one forward of the sail.
Condition is very good. One of the flowers had come loose and we had it professional re-soldered. Most of the gilt on the original vertical surfaces remains, especially the sail and the forward flower. Traces of gilt remain on the copper tube framing.
Identical weathervanes can be found in J.W.Fiske's 1893 catalogue (p.132) and A.B. & W.T. Westervelt's 1883 catalogue (p.98). There is a similar weathervane pictured in an early Harris & Co. catalogue reproduced in "The Art of the Weathervane" by Steve Miller. They were not very mindful of patent rights in those days. Banner weathervanes were very popular in the Victorian Era and this vane likely dates to the late 1800's.