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  EARLY QUILL WEATHERVANE WITH EXCEPTIONAL FORM AND ORIGINAL SURFACE, CA 1850-1870
Dimensions (inches): vane: 18" t x 31.25" w x 1.25" d; w/stand: 26.5" t, stand is 4" d
Description:
Quill weathervanes of the late 19th century are fairly standard from maker-to-maker. Most are sheet copper, with a rippled surface to resemble a feather, and a hollow shaft and tip, sometimes weighted. This example is both earlier and better looking than most of its counterparts. Made of copper, iron, and zinc, probably about the time of the Civil War, though possible just prior, there is a hollow body copper tip, followed by a shaft of the same that joins with a zinc shaft and body for weight. To this a rather heavy, flat, sheet copper feather is pinned with splines on either side with hammered copper rivets. The shaft is of iron, now rusted, pitted, and worn to a beautiful patina, with a molded copper ball finial at the top. The verdigris and oxidized surface is exceptional throughout and the form is extremely folky and pleasing to the eye.

Condition: The ball finial was dented and separated at the equator. I repaired this and re-affixed it. There is a small chip on one of the corners on the lower edge of the feather. Overall exceptional.
   
Primary Color: green
Earliest Date: 1850
Latest Date: 1970
For Sale Status: Available
Price $7.500
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