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Early 20th Century Folk Art English Whirligig/Weathervane Figure
Located in London, GB
Early 20th Century Folk Art English Whirligig/Weathervane Figure A quirky and charming example of an early 20th Century English folk art whirligig / Weathervane Figure. Stood on a r...
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1920s British Folk Art Vintage Weathervanes

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Wood

Grasshopper
Located in Greenwich, CT
A grasshopper weathervane with body of pitted iron rotating on vertical rod with N E W S directionals below, now on wooden box stand with one side removable. The grasshopper was the ...
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1930s English Vintage Weathervanes

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Iron

Copper Running Horse Weathervane, New England
Located in Southampton, NY
Copper Running Horse Weathervane, New England Nice looking running horse weathervane with verdigris patinated copper finish. Head shows further weathering. Mounted on a black painted...
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Early 20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Early 20th Century Copper Full Bodied Cockerel Weathervane
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Early 20th Century Full Bodied Copper Cockerel Weathervane, Excellent condition. Later Stand. France Circa 1900.
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Early 20th Century French Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Early 20thc Copper Horse Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This early 20Thc Full body copper running horse weather vane has a wonderful aged patina and surface. It comes with a custom made black wood...
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20th Century American Adirondack Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Smooth (17") Circular Undulating White Plaster Shell Pendant Light
Located in San Francisco, CA
A plaster pendant in a smooth, undulating shell shape, with scalloped edges. A newer take on Francis Elkins's 1940's plaster plafonnier. Hanging by ...
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2010s Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

19thc Full Body Copper Horse Weather Vane on Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine full body copper horse weather vane has a amazing patina & surface.Found in a private folk art collection.The form is amazing with such a graceful form. Height and weight...
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19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

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Copper

Small 19th Century, Hand Forged Iron French Folk Art Rooster, Weathervane
Located in Buisson, FR
Lovely and original small antique folk art hand forged rooster weathervane with an wonderful patine. A real unique find. France, circa 1800-1900. Weathered condition. measurements in...
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19th Century French French Provincial Antique Weathervanes

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Iron

American Painted Copper Cow Weathervane by Cushing & White
By Cushing and White
Located in Southampton, NY
American Painted Copper Cow Weathervane by Cushing & White. A off-white painted, full bodied, copper dairy cow on a wood stand. A wonderful unusual wea...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

19thc Stag Trade Sign In Original Mustard Paint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing original mustard painted sheet iron stag /deer trade sign was found in Lancaster County,Pennsylvania.The condition is very good with minor paint loss on horns.This trad...
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Late 19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

3 Dimensional Cow Form Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
20th Century three dimensional copper cow form weather vane with excellent patina. 27" x21" Period: 20th Century Origin: US Size: 27" x 21" Family Owned & Operated Cisco’s Gal...
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20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

3 Dimensional Copper Horse Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Full bodied 3D running horse with applied verdigris weather vane on wood base. Mid 20th Century. 18"H x 31"L Including Base PERIOD: Mid 20th Century ORIGIN: United States SIZE: 18"...
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Mid-20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Arrow Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century three dimensional copper arrow weather vane with wood ball. 40 1/2"H x 36 1/2" Period: 19th Century Origin: Eastern US Size: 40 1/2"H x 36 1/2" Family Owned & Opera...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Sheep Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century three dimensional sheep form weather vane with remnants of original gilt on more modern stand. 22" x 22" Period: 19th Century Origin: US Size: 22" x 22" Family Owne...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Bass Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century Bass form copper three dimensional weather vane with later wood base. Has a bullet hole as might be expected as most early weather vanes have. Bass 15"H x 26"L; 26" x 7"...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century Horse Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century sheet iron silhouette horse weather vane with original iron mounting rod. Mounted on a more modern base. 32"H x 44"L base 29" x 6" x 6"...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

3 Dimensional Copper Horse Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Early 20th Century large molded copper stallion weather vane with cast zinc head and cast body. Original mustard paint. From Long Island, New York. 27 1/2"H x 30"L Period: 20th Cent...
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1920s American Vintage Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

47" Three Dimensional 19th Century Eagle Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Copper eagle form weather vane. Very large, hollow body, spread wing eagle form with open beak, resting on a ball for support above a directional arrow. Rotating later iron base. Min...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Three Dimensional Mallard Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Copper mallard weather vane in verdigris patina. Diving position. Three dimensional. 28" wing span, 14"H on more modern wooden base 27" overall. Period: 20th Century Origin: US Siz...
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20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century Trotting Horse Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Large trotting horse weather vane/stable sign. Hand forged metal cutout figure painted black. On a more modern base. 42"H x 49"L base 39" x 7 1/2" ...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

19th Century 3 Dimensional Horse Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century vintage 3 dimensional weather vane with trotting horse and directional arrow. On a more modern base. 24"H x 38"L base 23 1/2" x 6" Period: 19th Century Origin: Eastern...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Copper Rooster Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century American full bodied copper rooster weather vane with gilded and red overpaint and cast zinc feet. Some weathering in areas of later black overpaint. 26"H x 20"W includi...
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1890s American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Horse Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century Hambletonian style 3 dimensional horse weather vane with gild on base. 30"L x 24 1/2"H Period: 19th Century Origin: US Size: 30"L x 24 1/2"H Family Owned & Operated ...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Copper Rooster Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Three dimensional copper rooster weather vane on directional arrow. Mounted on base. Multiple coats of paint with gold gilding. Larger than most. Pe...
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1890s American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Copper Rooster Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Molded sheet copper rooster weather vane. Flattened full bodied form with molded body and feather details. Large tail with custom wood stand. 20"H x 19"W Period: 19th century Origin...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century 3 Dimensional Copper Rooster Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century American cast copper full bodied rooster weather vane attributed to Vermont. Green verdigris, patination, traces of old paint and some gilt. This weather vane originally...
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1890s American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century American Angus Association Cow Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
19th Century American Angus Association cut iron cow form weather vane with cutouts A-A-A. A few "dings" from a rifle. Used for target practice. The American Angus Association starte...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

3 Dimensional Copper Rooster Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Early 20th Century 3 dimensional copper American rooster weather vane on more modern stand. Directional arrow clipped. Gold leaf finish. 16"H x 12"L....
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Early 20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Swelled Copper Rooster Weather Vane
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
20th Century gilded swell bodied copper rooster weather vane on modern stand. Rooster standing atop a pointed directional. Nice bright copper age on slim black base. 24"L x 22"H x 2 ...
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20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

19th Century, French Folk Art Copper Flying Goose Weathervane
Located in Buisson, FR
Wonderful and very rare flying goose weathervane in copper with its beautiful vert de gris patina. France, circa 1880. Weathered . measurements incl...
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Late 19th Century French Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Antique Schooner Weathervane
Located in Doylestown, PA
An early 20th century folk art weathervane in the form of a 3-masted schooner under sail, hand-made in copper with compass letters below on an iron rod. Unusual form and very decorat...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Antique American Figural Painted Copper Horse Weatherwane with Cast Directional
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This figural antique weathervane is usigned, but presumed to have originated from the United States and date to approximately 1880 and done in the...
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Late 19th Century American Late Victorian Antique Weathervanes

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Copper, Iron

19th Century American Sheet Iron Trumpeting Angel Weathervane
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Late 19th century trumpeting arch angel painted sheet iron weathervane on custom metal stand. Presents well, nice form.
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Late 19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

Pair of Antique American Lightning Rods
Located in Hanover, 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 wh...
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1870s American Country Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Wrought Iron

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Draught Horse Weathervane
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th century American folk art draught horse weathervane is a remarkable piece crafted from sheet metal, capturing the essence of traditional American folk art. The weathe...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Cut Steel

Weathervane, Iron with Stone Foot, 17th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Large iron weathervane from the 17th Century with long flagpole and hand-hewn sandstone block as a stand.
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17th Century German Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

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Sandstone, Iron

Vintage Sulky and Rider Folk Art Weather Vane, 1940s
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Vintage Sulky and Rider Folk Art Weather Vane Additional information: Materials: Iron Color: Black Period: 1940s Place of Origin: North America ...
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20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

Antique French Stork Weathervane, 19th Century
Located in Kastrup, DK
Wonderful and rare decorative weather vane in the form of a standing stork. Original hand painted metal. Height: 123 cm. Presumably from a French Château, 1800s. The weatherv...
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19th Century French Other Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

19th Century Original Painted Camel on Mount
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century Original painted sheet metal on mounted base.The surface is very good.
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1890s American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron, Sheet Metal

19th Century Original Black Painted Dog Weather Vane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This folky hand made from sheet iron dog weather vane retains its original black painted surface.It was found in New England and is in very good condi...
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Late 19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron, Sheet Metal

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 ...
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19th Century American Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Iron

American Gilt Copper Three Masted Ship Weathervane Mounted on Stand, circa 1890
Located in Hollywood, SC
American gilt copper three masted ship weathervane with flags mounted on stand, late 19th century. Measures: 8" square at base.
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1890s American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

Full Body Weathervane of American Indian Warrior
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Americana folk art copper weathervane circa early 20th century. The full-bodied piece depicts a Native American warrior in feather headdress and a wide belt shooting an arrow from...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

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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Early 1900s French Country Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Zinc

Vintage Eagle Hunting Fish Copper Weather Vane
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous copper weather vane with an eagle hunting a fish USA, 20th century Cast copper and brass, on wrought iron stand. Measures: 24"W x 19"D x 51.5"H. Good vintage c...
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20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Brass, Copper, Wrought Iron

19th Century Original Painted Full Body Rooster Weathervane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century full body rooster weather vane on custom iron base. This rooster has a worn and aged patina of a zinc painted surface. The copper shows through in areas as well.The weig...
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Late 19th Century American Adirondack Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Early 20th Century American Double Sided Whirligig Figure
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century American double sided whirligig figure A brilliant example of early 20th century American Folk Art. In the form of a hand carved wooden double sided whirligig f...
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Early 1900s American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Pine

Late 19th Century Sheet Iron and Metal Trotting Horse Weathervane
Located in Incline Village, NV
Late 19th century sheet iron and metal "Trotting Horse" weathervane. It has a nice weathered color and patina and is very authentic with six "healthy" bullet holes to boot. I basi...
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1890s Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Sheet Metal

Early 20th C. Copper Rooster on Iron Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th century copper rooster that was originally part of a working weathervane. The rooster was mounted on an iron base and it is a perfect accent ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

American Folk-Art Finial with Dove
Located in Doylestown, PA
An American folk-art tin rooftop finial with a dove on top, circa 1900 or earlier, rusted finish.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Tin

19th Century Eagle Weathervane, Attributed to Cushing & White
By Cushing and White
Located in Nantucket, MA
Full body molded copper spread wing eagle with cast zinc talons perched on a copper sphere. Great proportions with outstretched wings, showing wonderful detailing to the body and win...
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Late 19th Century American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Zinc

Massive Antique Folk Art Candle Driven Tiered Windmill Form "Carousel"
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Classic Folk Art Candle-Powered Carousel in the form of a Tiered and Steepled Gazebo. Carved and painted wood in green and off-white with gilt details, Multiple tiers with a center s...
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19th Century Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Wood

Charming Folk Art Copper Weathervane with Dog
Located in Atlanta, GA
20th Century American Folk Art Weathervane artisan made from copper with an adorable dog perched atop the arrow. Amazing facial details and a natural aged patina bring all the charm ...
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20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron

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

Materials

Copper, Iron

Impressive Rooster Weathervane
Located in Greenwich, CT
Early 19th century full-bodied overscale copper weathervane of a rooster on a sphere in having wonderful form and personality, and showing superb color and verdigris patination. Fran...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper

Folk Art Brigantine Weathervane by Frank Adams, Martha's Vineyard, circa 1930s
Located in Nantucket, MA
Folk Art Brigantine Weathervane by Frank Adams (1871 - 1944), West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, circa 1930s, a hand built weathervane of a brigantine with square-rigged foremast and fore-and-aft-rigged mainmast, with wooden hull, characteristic cut sheet metal sails with folded fore-edges, and wire rigging. The weathervane is in original nicely weathered paint and condition. Frank Adams was a folk artist on the Vineyard best known for his duck decoys, but also for these weathervanes, ship models, miniature decoys...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

Materials

Metal

American Copper Full Bodied Pig Directional Weathervane on Stand, circa 1880
Located in Hollywood, SC
American Copper full bodied pig directional weathervane resting on squared iron stand, late 19th century.
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1880s American Folk Art Antique Weathervanes

Materials

Copper, Iron, Zinc

American Copper Spread Winged Eagle Weathervane with Sphere and Arrow, C. 1880
Located in Hollywood, 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

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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