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  PRANCING HORSE WEATHERVANE, ATTRIBUTED TO JEWEL & CO. WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, CA 1860
Dimensions (inches): 16.5" tall (on stand) x 17.25" wide x 2" deep
Description:
PRANCING HORSE WEATHERVANE, ATTRIBUTED TO JEWEL & CO. WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, CA 1860:

Prancing horse weathervane by A.H. Jewell & Co., Waltham, MA. Made of molded copper, with a cast zinc head, applied copper ears and a sheet copper tail, this is a particularly graceful example, in a wonderfully diminutive scale, with terrific surface. The black you see results from a coat of black pitch applied to the roof and the vane, which weathered over time and craquelured to expose the green verdegris beneath. This process achieved a ghostly and dramatic presentation and of a sort that is highly desired by collectors of early surface American folk art.

Note the unusual manner in which the shaft goes straight up through a leg. Jewell was in business between 1852 and 1867 and was one of the first prolific commercial makers. Such a narrow window of manufacture allows for accurate dating among the earliest examples of this kind.

A masterpiece of the form for the most discerning collector.

Condition: There are dents and bullet marks on both sides. The sheeting is so thick that no bullet holes formed. The results does not seriously affect its value and rather adds to the legitimacy.
   
Primary Color: black, green
Earliest Date: 1852
Latest Date: 1867
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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