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A Unique Survivor: Early Carved Peahen Weathervane
Northeast America, ca. late 18th /to early 19th century. Likely Cedar wood, retaining traces of early sage green paint on its beautifully patinated weathered surface. Remarkably, this weathervane is made from a roof-shingle, thicker on the edge of the hen’s head/belly, tapering to very thin at the sawtooth tail. Retains original iron strap onto which the vane was mounted. In addition to weather, this vane survived multiple target shots, with bullet holes shaped in an upward orientation, indicating it was shot while in place at the top of a building or pole. One of these bullets caused a horizontal crack repaired long ago with hide glue. There is also a loss at the top of the middle back, also happened long ago as evidenced by the unchanging dark patina. Feather light and easily wall hung with a custom mount (included). Dimensions about 25 inches from the tip of the beak to the furthest tail point x 9 inches tall. About ½ inch thick at the body, and only 1/8 at the tail end. Provenance: Personal collection of the distinguished dealer Harry Hartman. Pictured in Hartman’s collection, in 1984, in the book “Baskets” by Nancy Schiffer, page 10. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.
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