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  MERINO SHEEP WEATHERVANE, THE VERY BEST OF ITS KIND AND WITH PERHAPS THE BEST SURFACE THAT EXISTS ON SURVIVING EXAMPLES, ATTRIBUTED TO A.J. HARRIS & CO., BOSTON, circa 1875
Dimensions (inches): 20.5" tall x 28" long x 2" deep [base adds 1.25" in height and is 4" deep]
Description:
This fantastic sheep weathervane, in the form of a merino ewe, is attributed A.J. Harris & Company of Boston, active 1868-1882. This is a full-bodied form, made of hammered copper, with a fabulous, cast zinc head and applied copper ears. The whimsically embellished profile is tremendous, replicating the exuberantly contrived folk portraiture of trophy farm animals in the 19th century. The verdigris surface is untouched and as good as it gets. The bullet holes actually add to both its graphic and historical appeal. Well placed and interesting to view, they legitimize the object. In terms of both form and surface, this weathervane survives as the best of its kind that I am aware to exist.

Condition: The ears are replacements.
   
Primary Color: green, verdigris
Earliest Date: 1868
Latest Date: 1882
For Sale Status: Available
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