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Fiske Weathervane

St. Julien Weather Vane Attributed to J.W. Fiske 19th Century Full Bodied Metal
Located in Stamford, CT
original threading as seen in the last photo below. A very similar Attrib Fiske Weathervane sold in
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

American Gilt Copper Full Bodied Horse Directional Weathervane, Fiske, C. 1870
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Hollywood, SC
American gilt copper full bodied running horse directional weathervane with two gilt circular
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Antique 1870s American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron, Zinc, Gold Leaf

19th Century, Rooster Weathervane, American
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Incline Village, NV
Late 19th century, classic form molded rooster copper weathervane with sheet brass tail and zinc
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Brass, Copper

Horse Weathervane with Gilt Surface on Display Stand
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
A trotting horse weathervane likely modeled after "Ethan Allen" with its original mount and
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Antique Late 19th Century American American Classical Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Monumental 19th c Gilt Copper Spire Roof Finial
Located in Hanover, MA
companies who made finials, weathervanes, etc. were: J.W. Fiske Cushing & Sons, Westervelt, Mullins Thomas
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Antique 19th Century American American Classical Architectural Elements

Materials

Copper

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Set of Impressive Mid-Century Modern French Parlour Doors
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large French architectural doors with charming detailing. Over nine feet tall, can be used as a long room divider. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
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Early 20th Century French Architectural Elements

Materials

Wood

1972, Prefab Nova House by Studio Rochel
By Societé anonyme francaise
Located in Perpignan, FR
Designed in 1972 by architects Michel Hudrisier and M. Roma for Studio Rochel, the Nova House came to fulfill the fantasy of those dreaming of living in space. While that type of arc...
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Vintage 1970s French Space Age Architectural Elements

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Metal, Aluminum

1972, Prefab Nova House by Studio Rochel
1972, Prefab Nova House by Studio Rochel
H 157.49 in W 255.91 in D 314.97 in
Pair of Ornate Gilt Finished Fighting Rooster or Cockerel Table Sculptures
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of ornately cast fighting roosters are unsigned, but presumed to have originated from Italy and date to approximately 1920 and done in a Victorian style. The well cast roos...
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Early 20th Century Italian Victorian Sheffield and Silverplate

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Brass

Antique Moroccan Jobbana Ceramic Lidded Butter Pot
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Antique Moroccan 'Jobbana' ceramic lidded butter pot glazed with blue, turquoise and orange with black patterned outlines on a white ground decoration with ornate etched white metal,...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Antiquities

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Metal

Antique Moroccan Jobbana Ceramic Lidded Butter Pot
Antique Moroccan Jobbana Ceramic Lidded Butter Pot
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H 14.77 in Dm 9.85 in
Walter Bosse Brass Rooster Mid-Century Umbrella Stand for Herta Baller, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
This striking umbrella stand, which can also serve as a paper basket or wastepaper bin, dates back to the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse and crafted by Hertha Baller in Vienna, Aust...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands

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Metal, Brass, Iron

Bronze Eagle on Iron Pedestal Attributed J.W. Fiske, Late 19th Century
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Charleston, SC
This bronze Fiske eagle on iron pedestal has fine detail with a great verde patina. Eagle Measurements: 26.5 inches H. by 23 inches W. by 22 inches D.
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Antique Mid-18th Century American Garden Ornaments

Materials

Bronze, Iron

Large French Enamelled Clock Face
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Large french enamelled clock face from a steeple in France, restored in the 1960s, with enamelled Roman numerals. Good condition. (One of a pair available).
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Early 20th Century French Wall Clocks

Materials

Enamel

Large French Enamelled Clock Face
Large French Enamelled Clock Face
H 70.08 in W 70.08 in D 0.4 in
19Thc Gamecock Weather Vane in Original Surface
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine game cock weather vane is in great condition and retains its original gilded surface. It is gilded over copper and comes with a custom made iron stand. This form is so fant...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Metal, Iron

President John F. & First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s English Victorian Tea Table
By Albert Hadley, Sister Parish
Located in St. Louis, MO
President John F. & First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s English Victorian tea table Quite possibly the most important tea table in American History The famed, English Victorian tea ta...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Card Tables and Tea Tables

Materials

Lacquer

Antique Running Horse Copper Weather Vane on Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century copper weather vane on hand-forged iron stand. From western Tennessee.
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Mid-Victorian Moorish wrought & cast iron pergola or decorative garden structure
Located in London, GB
A monumental Moorish mid-Victorian wrought iron Pergola or Decorative Garden Structure, a unique masterpiece in High Victorian Ironwork design. Our research confirms it is French, da...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Moorish Architectural Elements

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Wrought Iron

Set 3 French Chateau Doors
Located in Seaford, GB
A lovely quality set of 3 Chateau doors from the Loire. All bevelled glass and all perfect. In excellent original condition. Height 300 cm Width 253 cm.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Doors and Gates

Materials

Pine

Set 3 French Chateau Doors
Set 3 French Chateau Doors
H 118.12 in W 99.61 in D 2.76 in
Set of Four Carl Auböck Brass Objects
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Set of four Carl Auböck brass objects. Includes Carl Auböck model #4072/G 'Rooster' brass bell, model #3600 'Crown' brass bowl, model #3514 brass bowl and model #4224 'Hand' brass b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Brass

French Style Wrought Iron Greenhouse with Door and Windows in White Color
Located in Marbella, ES
French style wrought iron greenhouse with doors and windows that open outwards. Ready for glass panels to be installed.
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2010s French Architectural Elements

Materials

Iron

Green Verdigris Horse Weathervane on Stand, Attributed to Cushing Ethan Allen
Located in Southampton, NY
Green Verdigris Horse Weathervane on stand, Attributed to Ethan Allen. A beautifully patinated verdigris iron running horse weathervase from the 19th century, attributed to Ethan Al...
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

Antique French Zinc Weathervane in Original Condition C1900's
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique zinc weathervane that we believe probably came from France and was constructed around the turn of the century and by that we mean circa 1900. Completely original and unrestor...
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Antique Early 1900s French Country Architectural Elements

Materials

Zinc

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Rooster Weathervane
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Litchfield, CT
Attributed to Fiske & Co., New York Last quarter of the 19th century Full body copper, sheet
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Rooster Weathervane
Rooster Weathervane
H 24.5 in W 23.5 in D 4 in
"ethan Allen" Running Horse Weathervane
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Hadley, MA
Classic, bold, full bodied copper vane, cast zinc head, with desirable early worn paint and verdigris surface. Early repairs include very old replaced horizontal rod, and a few old l...
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Antique 19th Century Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Cow Weathervane J.W. Fiske with Great Surface
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Great patina and large size. Comes with museum mount stand.
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

American Gilt Copper Full Bodied Running Horse Weathervane, J. W. Fiske. C. 1870
By Fiske Or Mott
Located in Hollywood, SC
American gilt molded sheet copper full bodied running horse weathervane with the original Zinc head
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Antique 1870s American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Gold, Copper, Iron

American Copper Full Bodied Running Horse Weathervane, J.W. Fiske. Circa 1880
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Hollywood, SC
American copper full bodied running horse weathervane with the original zinc head and mounted on a
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Antique 1880s American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron, Zinc

Horse and Jockey Weathervane, circa 1890, by J. W. Fiske, New York City
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Dallas, TX
A full-bodied horse and rider or jockey weathervane with a moulded copper body and cast zinc heads
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Bannerette Weathervane, Made By J.w. Fiske
Located in York County, PA
BANNERETTE WEATHERVANE, MADE BY J.W. FISKE (NEW YORK), IN AN ELEGANT STYLE WITH A BEAUTIFUL
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Antique 19th Century Weathervanes

ETHAN ALLEN HORSE WEATHERVANE WITH EXCEPTIONAL SURFACE
Located in York County, PA
/> According to a former owner of Fiske (one of the nation's leading weathervane manufacturers in
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20th Century American Weathervanes

Weathervane In The Form Of The God Mercury
Located in York County, PA
WEATHERVANE IN THE FORM OF THE GOD MERCURY, ACCOMPANIED BY ITS ORIGINAL, CARVED WOODEN MOLD, AN
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Bronze

Rare Bannerette Weathervane With A Built-In Spinner
Located in York County, PA
least two New York City-based weathervane makers, Fiske and Westervelt. Past the presence of the
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Antique 19th Century Weathervanes

Diminutive Rooster Weathervane with Pleasing and Legitimate Early Surface
Located in York County, PA
Diminutive Rooster Weathervane With Pleasing And Legitimate Early Surface, circa 1875-1890s: At
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Antique 19th Century Weathervanes

19th Century Monumental Eagle Weather Vane on Iron Stand
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
. This vane is most likely a J.W. Fiske of NewYork maker. The top of the wingspan has the original iron
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

"Hackney" Copper Weathervane Attributed to J.W. Fiske
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Nantucket, MA
Molded and gilded copper hackney stallion weathervane with a swell body and a foreleg raised with a
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Copper

J.W. Fiske Horse and Jockey Weathervane, circa 1890
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Incline Village, NV
and products were custom-made to order. A Fiske weathervane with horse and rider and most of the
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Antique 1890s American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

19th Century Full-Bodied Cow, Copper and Zinc Weathervane by J.W. Fiske & Co.
Located in Milford, NH
A nicely detailed weathervane with full body of a cow, zinc head and hollow copper body, including
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Antique Late 19th Century American Weathervanes

19Thc Fiske Full Body Horse Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fantastic full body copper horse weather vane was made from the J.W. Fiske weather vane
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Antique 19th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Racing Horse and Jockey Weathervane
Located in Nantucket, MA
. This style of racing horse was named 'Kentucky and Jockey' weathervane in the J.W. Fiske Company
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Antique Late 19th Century North American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Racing Horse and Jockey Weathervane
Racing Horse and Jockey Weathervane
H 24.5 in W 31.5 in D 5 in
Antique Gilt Running Horse Weathervane Attributed to J.W. Fiske
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
A spectacular full body running horse weather vane attributed to J.W. Fiske, on the original mount
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Antique 1890s American American Classical Mounted Objects

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Fiske Family Weathervane
Located in Katonah, NY
A zinc and copper St. Julien horse and sulky weathervane, manufactured by J. W. Fiske Iron Works
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Vintage 1950s American Weathervanes

Fiske Family Weathervane
Fiske Family Weathervane
H 26 in W 45 in D 8.5 in
Fiske Running Horse Weathervane
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Sheffield, MA
Beautiful running horse weathervane, copper with a zinc head, all original including directionals
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Blackhawk Weathervane
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Sheffield, MA
A fine period full-bodied weathervane of the famous Morgan trotter, Blackhawk, in overall verdigris
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Blackhawk Weathervane
Blackhawk Weathervane
H 20.5 in W 28 in D 4 in
Quill Weathervane | Possibly J.W. Fiske est. 1875, NYC
Located in Wyomissing, PA
Quill Weathervane | Possibly J.W. Fiske est. 1875, NYC
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Finely Rendered Quill Weathervane
By J.W. Fiske & Company
Located in Sheffield, MA
A handsome and unusual weathervane which would have stood atop a school or library. Contains
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Finely Rendered Quill Weathervane
Finely Rendered Quill Weathervane
H 22.75 in W 43 in D 5 in
Hambletonian Weathervane
Located in Litchfield, CT
Attributed to J.W. Fiske, New York Ca. 1875-1895 Provenance: Private Collection, Chicago This
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Hambletonian Weathervane
Located in Litchfield, CT
Attributed to J.W. Fiske, New York Ca. 1875-1895 Provenance: Private Collection, Chicago This
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Antique 19th Century Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Banner Weathervane
Located in Sheffield, MA
Banners were among the earliest forms of weathervanes, having derived from heraldic flags. This
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American Weathervanes

Banner Weathervane
Banner Weathervane
H 33 in W 36 in D 8.5 in
Eagle Weathervane
Located in Litchfield, CT
Attributed to J.W. Fiske, New York, ca. 1885-1895. This example, in a rare large size, has
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Eagle Weathervane
Eagle Weathervane
H 31 in Dm 30 in
Running Horse Weathervane
Located in Sheffield, MA
19th Century running horse weathervane by J.W. Fiske and Company. Beautifully crafted with
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Running Horse Weathervane
Running Horse Weathervane
H 17 in W 30 in D 4 in
Handsome Running Horse Weathervane
Located in Summerland, CA
Running Horse Weathervane by FISKE with a beautiful coppered patina, mounted on a custom stand.
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Vintage 1950s American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Large Copper Quill Weathervane
Located in Sheffield, MA
by J.W. Fiske, both of New York. However, the specific maker of this particular weathervane is
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Ethan Allen Running Horse Weathervane
Located in Woodbury, CT
Ethan Allen Running Horse Full Bodied Weathervane, J. W. Fiske & Co. (1870-1893) New York City. A
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Unusual Cast Zinc Rooster Weathervane
Located in New York, NY
Cast Zinc Rooster Weathervane in excellent old paint. Made by Fiske and Company, NY
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Vintage 1940s American Weathervanes

Materials

Zinc

Dove Weathervane on Decorative Standard
Located in Sheffield, MA
Unusual dove form, an architectural ornament, garden piece or weathervane made of zinc. Attributed
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Molded and Gilt Decorated Copper Cow Weathervane
Located in Columbus, OH
other vanes on the market.² A cow weathervane of virtually identical form appears in Fiske's 1875
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Full Bodied Running Horse Weathervane, Ethan Allen
Located in Sheffield, MA
Running horse weathervane with overall pleasing untouched verdigris surface. Superb example with a
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Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes

Large Molded Copper and Zinc Cow Weathervane
Located in Columbus, OH
” weathervane was advertised in the Illustrated Vane Catalogue of J.W. Fiske (New York, 1872), p. 23.
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Antique 19th Century Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

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Finding the Right weathervanes for You

Whether it’s mounted on a mantel or hung flat against a wall in the living room or entryway, antique and vintage weathervanes can prove a striking decorative touch in your home.

Weathervanes are instruments that indicate wind direction. They are also referred to as wind vanes, wind gauges or weathercocks, but regardless of what we call them, most weathervanes will perform in the same way.

Weathervanes typically consist of a gravity-centered rotating horizontal arrow or other structure that is mounted on a stationary vertical axis. When the wind blows, the horizontal piece moves freely, rotating to indicate the wind’s direction as well as its speed. Andronicus, a Greek astronomer, crafted one of the earliest iterations of the weathervane in approximately 48 B.C. His bronze design featured the head and torso of a man but the tail of a fish. Later, weathervanes could be seen atop church steeples and towers throughout Europe. The oldest weathervane is Italian in origin and assumes the silhouette of a rooster. It is a copper weathervane, said to have originated between 820 and 830 A.D. and can be found in the Museo di Santa Giulia in Brescia, Italy.

Today, antique and vintage weathervanes are collectible sculptural works in any interior. They are celebrated for their place in the rich tradition of American folk art as well as their technological innovation.

Over the course of the 19th century, as the popularity of and demand for weathervanes broadened in the United States, blacksmiths, farmers and other tradesmen created weathervanes in the forms of cows, horses and other animals for barns in rural farmland. Commercial manufacturers in major cities took to producing all manner of weathervanes that were marketed in mail-order catalogs of the era.

When decorating with weathervanes, if you’ve decided against mounting your cast-iron painted horse weathervane on your mantel to complement your farmhouse-style decor, there are other options. You could repurpose your vintage weathervane as a provocative lighting fixture and hang it above your dining-room table, or dot the walls of your mudroom with weathervanes where they might double as racks for coats or other outerwear. Create a gallery-style hang as a focal point in your living room, grouping weathervanes that share a single theme or material. Because weathervanes have taken on many forms over the years, you’re likely to find a style that best fits your personality.

If positioned outdoors, a painted or varnished wood weathervane will resist harsh weather conditions, while copper weathervanes will resist erosion and usually come at an affordable price.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of antique and vintage weathervanes and other folk art today.