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20thc Flying Goose Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This weather vane of a Canadian Goose in flight has a wonderful aged patina and is in fine condition. It comes with a custom made iron stand. The form is the very best of its kind.
Category

20th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

19th Century Hand Forged Heavy Iron Arrow
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic chunky 19th century hand-forged iron arrow. Great shelf decoration. Could be wall mounted. Very solid piece.
Category

19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

19thc Original Painted Ethan Allen Running Horse Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Weather-vane, Running Horse, Ethan Allen Flattened Full Body, Old Honest White Paint Late 19th Century Molded copper with cast iron head, sheet copper mane, full bodied tail, ol...
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Late 19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Large Folk Art Wrought Iron Rooster Weathervane
Located in Stamford, CT
Large Folk Art wrought iron rooster weathervane in good condition for its age ca 1940s . This weathervane is a good size which would look great in a garden or any backyard. Its a fun...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Weathervanes

Materials

Wrought Iron

French Late 19th Century Zinc Rooster/Cockerel Weathervane
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful and very rare zinc weathervane representing a rooster/cockerel. France, circa 1880-1900 Weathered small losses and old repair Measurement here below includes the wooden ...
Category

19th Century French Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Zinc

18th Century Iron Weather-Vane with European Eagle Emblem on Wooden Stand
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Austrian-German hand crafted iron weather-vane with the eagle emblem. The eagle sits and rotates on a later 19th century black painted wooden stand.
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18th Century Austrian Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

Early 20th Century Americana Uncle Sam Lumberjack Whirligig
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Charming whirligig depicting a figure resembling Uncle Sam sawing a log mounted to a wooden base. Hand carved, painted, and assembled with applied facial details. When manually turne...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Wood

Danish Early 19th Century Iron Weather-Vane With Rose Finial, Dated 1821
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish early 19th century iron weather-vane with rose finial, dated 1821.
Category

Early 19th Century Danish Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

American Copper Spread Winged Eagle Weathervane with Sphere and Arrow, C. 1880
Located in Charleston, SC
American molded copper spread winged eagle weathervane with circular sphere, arrow, and mounted on cast iron squared base. Weathervane has a fine natural verdigris patina in the orig...
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1880s American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Large Vintage Tribal Handwoven Ethnic Round African Basket
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage Tribal handwoven bamboo ethnic round Asian basket. Beautiful artisanal handwoven basket with tribal designs and patterns all around. Large Asian rattan handcrafted de...
Category

Late 20th Century Asian Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Wicker, Rattan, Seagrass, Bamboo

American Diminutive Gilt Copper Eagle Weathervane on Iron Stand, Circa 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
American diminutive gilt copper spread eagle weathervane mounted on squared iron stand, Early 19th century. Squared iron base is 4.75 inches .
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1810s American American Colonial Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Early 20th Century Folk Art Rooster Weathervane on Custom Wall Mount
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderfully whimsical early 20th century Folk Art hand-wrought iron weathervane with a rooster standing on the tip of the arrow, a greek cross at top, and a wreath at the back of t...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Wrought Iron

American Gilt Copper & Cast Iron Full Bodied Rooster Weathervane, circa 1880
Located in Charleston, SC
American gilt copper and cast iron full bodied rooster weathervane mounted on stand, Late 19th Century
Category

1880s American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

19th C Hollow Body Eagle Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine 19th c patinaed eagle weather vane was found in New England. The iron base is a custom made stand. The condition is very good on this early fine with no dents or holes. Won...
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19th Century American American Classical Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

19th Century French Folk Art Zinc Horse Weathervane Roof Finial
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful zinc horse weathervane roof finial. Very rare piece. France, circa 1800-1900. Weathered, small losses and old repairs.
Category

19th Century French Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Zinc

19th Century Dragon Weathervane
By Cushing and White
Located in Nantucket, MA
The body is molded copper with sheet coper wings, the tongue is made of zinc, with late 19th early 20th in service gilding thoughout the body and sphere. The rod and shaft have a gre...
Category

Late 19th Century North American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Antique Bronze Horse Weathervane
Located in New York, NY
Antique bronze horse weathervane. The weathervane has it's own original patina. The weathervane came from a house in New England.
Category

1880s American American Colonial Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Bronze

19th Century Copper Eagle Weather Vane, Likely by Jewell, circa 1860
Located in Nantucket, MA
19th century copper Eagle weather vane, likely by A.L. Jewell & Co., Waltham, MA, circa 1860, a diminutive cast and welded copper hollow eagle weather vane in a unique posture with w...
Category

1860s American Federal Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century Painted Ship Weathervane on Iron Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This wonderful painted sailing ship weathervane has a great worn patina on the painted cream surface. It is on a custom-made black iron stand. The condition is very good.
Category

19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

Folk Art Hand Made Sculpture of Horses
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20Thc Hand made folk art sculpture of metal horses wall hanging with bracket on the backing. In fine condition and western art.
Category

Early 20th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

19th Century American Folk Art Iron Horse Weathervane
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Ex. Jane Cipley collection. Fantastic sheet and strap iron horse weathervane. Originally found in the midwest. Old make-do repair to tail. Great piece of Americana.
Category

Late 19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

French 19th Century Folk Art Iron Rooster or Cockerel Weathervane
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful iron weathervane representing a rooster or cockerel, France, 1850-1900. The weathervane is placed on an oak pedestal of later date Weathered and small losses. Measurement...
Category

19th Century French Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

American Folk Art Iron Flying Witch & Bat Motif Weathervane, Museum Mounted
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
American folk Art iron fying witch & bat motif Weathervane, Museum Mounted A fine example of Americana, a large scale vignette of a Witch flying on her broom, a shooting star and b...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

18th Century Copper and Iron Estate Made Weather Vane
Located in Hastings, GB
An incredible large estate made weather vane on a later base. Beautifully worn and with a wonderful patina, the vane features honest later repairs in copper to the centre, dating to ...
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1790s English Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

19th Century Iron Indian Weathervane with Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic and rare original painted surface iron Indian weather vane, worn painted surface. Great original Directional's in iron and attached. This Indian weather vane was found in t...
Category

19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

St. Julien Weather Vane Attributed to J.W. Fiske 19th Century Full Bodied Metal
Located in Stamford, CT
St. Julien with Sulky Molded Copper Weather Vane, attributed to J.W. Fiske, New York, last quarter 19th century, full-bodied molded sheet copper horse and driver vane with cast iron ...
Category

Late 19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Antique Battleship Weathervane Weathered Paint American Primitive Steel Metal
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique battleship weather vane weathered paint American primitive steel metal. Item features hand made weathervane, distressed original paint , American flag to ship. Very nice anti...
Category

Early 20th Century American Rustic Weathervanes

Materials

Metal, Steel

Antique American Copper Weathervane Modeled after a Horse and Trap with Driver
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An antique American copper weather vane modeled after a horse and trap with driver.  
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Early 20th C Sailboat Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fun small scale copper / patina sailboat weather vane is in great as found condition. The base is a custom made iron mount. This vane was found in New England and was on a guest...
Category

Early 20th Century American Country Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

French Late 19th Century Weathervane
Located in Atlanta, GA
A sensational later 19th century girouette - weathervane of a Galleon found in the South of France. The galleon is expertly crafted from beautifully patina'd copper and rests in its ...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Stone, Copper

Large Vintage Tribal Handwoven Ethnic Round Asian Basket
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Asian rattan handcrafted decorative bowl on bamboo stand. Large vintage tribal handwoven bamboo ethnic round basket. Deep bowl shape, woven with seagrass technique and decorate...
Category

Late 20th Century Asian Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan, Seagrass

Carved and Gilded Striped Bass Weather Vane
Located in Nantucket, MA
Folk Art carved and gilded striped bass weather vane by George Combs, 1996. A solid carved wooden bass with deeply incised scales and tail, applied metal dorsal, pectoral and anal fi...
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1990s American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

Carved and Painted Folk Art Swordfish Weathervane
Located in Nantucket, MA
Large Folk Art wood weathervane in the form of a silhouette swordfish with metal bill and retaining original blue painted surface.
Category

1950s American Folk Art Vintage Weathervanes

Materials

Wood

19th Century Cast Iron Windmill Weight Painted Horse
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th century cast iron windmill weight painted horse Measures: 17.5" wide x 12" high at the tail x 16.5" high at the head This antique windmill weight is in good antique weathe...
Category

Late 19th Century Canadian Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

American Folk Art Cowboy and Horse Whirligig
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Tall one of a kind cowboy and horse spinning whirligig American Folk Art piece. Most likely from a larger folk art environment. Sheet steel construction on a large spoked farm wheel ...
Category

1940s American Folk Art Vintage Weathervanes

Materials

Iron, Sheet Metal

Pair of Antique American Lightning Rods
Located in Hingham, MA
Sculptural pair of American lightning rods dating from the 1870's. They still maintain their original copper skin on its wrought iron twist rod staff which by now has developed a be...
Category

1870s American Country Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Wrought Iron

Antique American Iron Horse Weathervane, Nashville TN
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Antique American iron horse weathervane, Nashville TN, with moveable elaborate directional, mounted on a support base. As shown on the support base stands 86" high, the weathervane ...
Category

Early 20th Century North American Sporting Art Weathervanes

Materials

Wrought Iron

19th Century Painted Ship Weather Vane on Iron Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This wonderful painted sailing ship weathervane has a great worn patina on the painted cream surface. It is on a custom-made black iron stand. The condition is very good.
Category

Late 19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Metal, Copper, Iron

Verdigris Copper Folk Art Fish Weather Vane
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Verdigris copper folk art fish weather vane The model Fish at the top of this Weathervane is hand made and finely detailed in its construction, it is mounted on a rod which has a ...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19thc Monumental Harris Horse Weather Vane
By W. Harris & Son
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This early mid 19thc full body copper patinaed horse weather vane made by Harris & Co. and from a private folk art collection. The condition is very good with a few expected dings & ...
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1860s American Country Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Canada Goose Weather Vane, circa 1930s
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Carved and painted pine goose weather vane, possibly Elmer Crowell. On custom stand. According to Robert Jackman "we handled the first sale of this weather vane 'Elmer Crowell was Ca...
Category

1930s American Vintage Weathervanes

Materials

Pine

Early 20thc Full Bodied Copper Fish Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20thc full bodied copper professionally polished fish weather vane with custom made iron base.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

French 17th Century Weather Vane
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful mid-17th century Girouette, weather vane, beautifully crafted from iron. A wonderful motif of a flag and arrows.
Category

Mid-17th Century French Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

1930's Oversized Whale Weathervane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1930's oversized whale weathervane with amazing copper patina.
Category

1930s American Adirondack Vintage Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

19th C Original Surface Eagle Weather Vane on Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th C original gilded surface full body eagle weather vane with the best undisturbed surface.The base is custom made iron stand.This eagle is attributed to Harris & Company.
Category

19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Cow Weathervane, Excellent Scale, Great Boxy Form, with Gilded Surface
Located in York County, PA
COW WEATHERVANE EXCELLENT SCALE, GREAT, BOXY FORM, AND BEAUTIFUL, GILDED SURFACE, L.W. CUSHING & SONS, BOSTON, CA 1880 Imposing cow weathervane with the sort of boldly exaggerated,...
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1880s American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century Cast Iron Windmill Weight Painted Horse
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th century cast iron windmill weight painted horse Measures: 17.5" wide x 12" high at the tail x 16.5" high at the head This weathered antique windmill weight is in good cond...
Category

Late 19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

1940s American Folk Art Woodsman / Lumberjack Whirligig
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Whimsical whirligig depicting a woodsman sawing a log mounted to a black painted metal stem / base. Hand carved, painted, and assembled with applied facial details. When manually tur...
Category

1940s American Folk Art Vintage Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

English Banner Weathervane
Located in Greenwich, CT
Striking English copper weathervane having exceptional weathered surface in the form of a flying banner with spear finial, fleur-de-lis pointer and pierced decorated body. Great form...
Category

1860s Great Britain (UK) Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century Trotting Horse Pine Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Pine horse weather vane with old weathered pine surface. Mounted on modern base. Ex Fisher collection Period: 19th century Origin: New England Size: 19" H x 25" L.   
Category

Mid-19th Century Unknown Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Pine

18th-19th Century, French Folk Art Copper Rooster, Weathervane
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful antique folk art copper rooster with an wonderful old repair. It once got a zinc tale. A real unique find. France, circa 1750-1850. More photo's available on request Weat...
Category

19th Century French Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Mounted Full Bodied Gilt Horse Weathervane
Located in New York, NY
Mounted full bodied gilt horse weathervane Measures approximately: 33" X 4" X 21.5" Weighs approximately: 9 lbs.
Category

Late 19th Century European Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Metal, Gold

Folk Metalcut Horse Weathervane
Located in Chicago, IL
With a simple Silhouette and rich surface texture, this early 20th century metal-cut weathervane is a charming example of American Folk Art. Adding a decorative touch to the topmost ...
Category

Early 20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

Horse Weathervane with Gilt Surface on Display Stand
Located in Atlanta, GA
A trotting horse weathervane likely modeled after "Ethan Allen" with its original mount and displayed on a custom stand in a slightly upslope manner. The horse with full molded coppe...
Category

Late 19th Century American American Classical Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Early 20th C Copper Fish Weathervane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th C full body copper fish weathervane. Custom made iron Mount. Great condition and Nice copper patina.
Category

Early 20th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

French Mid-19th Century Coq, Rooster
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very handsome mid-19th century Coq - Rooster from the South of France. Beautifully crafted in zinc with fabulous patina. Now resting on its iron base. A terrific accent piece.
Category

Mid-19th Century French Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Zinc

19th Century Running Horse Gilt Weather Vane
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous example of a 19thc weathervane which served well and survived it's time on a country roof top. A few dings and some wear by the front leg. Head is cast zinc. Was touched up...
Category

1860s American American Craftsman Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Rare 19th Century English Copper Weathervane
Located in London, GB
Rare 19th century English copper weathervane A unique and quite astonishing example of a folk art hand-crafted mid-19th Century English copper weathervane. In the form of a well-dr...
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1850s European Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Antique and Vintage Weathervanes

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.

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