Outstanding example of a turn of the century gilded copper weathervane of an eagle with outstretched wings, sitting atop a ball; more than likely manufactured by the Puritan Ironworks Company of Boston, Massachusettes, noted for fine quality goods. An identical example appears in their catalogue, circa 1905. The company was started by Charles A. Tapper whose catalogue boasted “Artistic Manufacturers of Fine Stable Fittings, Weathervanes, and Ornamental Ironwork, Blacksmith Work”.
This particular example retains it’s completely original finish with the vast majority of the original 22 karat gold gilt still intact. The green verdigris appearing here and there in conjunction with the gilt lends for a beautiful and warm patina to the surface. Very defined detail to the feathers on the wings and body of the eagle. Also, to the zinc head, beak and talons (see images). This is a full bodied example consisting of cast zinc head to both the eagle and arrow. The two 4 1/2″ matching balls are original, as is the “North, South, East, West” indicators and the feathered arrow directional. The arrow directional may have had feathers on the top side behind the eagle. Usually weathervanes are not found this complete. The weathervane rests in, and is supported by a heavy and sturdy metal custom-made stand.
In addition to weathervane collectors, the eagle, being a symbol of America, makes the subject matter on this weathervane very appealing to those who collect Americana.
The weathervane is particularly well made and the open mouth, in addition to the spread wings gives the eagle a realistic and lifelike quality.
Dimensions: 23″ wingspan x 23 1/2″ (front to back) x 28″ high (bottom of lowest ball to top of wing). 34 1/2″ high overall with stand.