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Delightful Rare Howard Zinc and Copper Rooster Weathervane
Jonathan Howard Company of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa 1854-1867. One of the earliest weathervane manufacturers in the United States, Howard and Company made some of the most detailed and distinctive weathervanes of the day. The characteristic Howard pleated tail is fashioned from copper, as are the cast legs and spurred feet, while the head and bulbous body are heavily cast from zinc. The copper elements show a complex verdigris green surface with traces of gilt, the zinc body with weathered patina. For a nearly identical example see Steve Miller, The Art of the Weathervane, page 142. The small size of just 13.5 inches long gives one the flexibility to put it almost anywhere. Casts a clever shadow. A rare form in sensational condition.
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