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   WEATHERVANE IN THE FORM OF THE GOD MERCURY, ACCOMPANIED BY ITS ORIGINAL, CARVED WOODEN MOLD, AN UNDOCUMENTED FORM, 1870-90, BOSTON


 

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Some of the earliest known weathervanes were in the form of Greek gods.  Discovered in a basement in Boston, a Mecca of weathervane production, this solid zinc casting of Mercury is a spectacular and previously undocumented example.  Similar in theme to the full-bodied copper form by Fiske (1893 illustrated catalogue, p. 59), the contour of the foot suggests that, like the Fiske figure, there was a large ball underneath, followed by a large arrow.  A blown glass lick-of-flame or small sphere would have fit over the reinforced rod that extends from the tip of Mercury´┐Żs finger; this would twinkle in the sun as if it were alit.  The second, carved wooden figure, in gold leaf and paint, is the original mold.  Ca 1850-70.

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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1850-1870
Origin:
Condition: Repaired breaks in carved wooden mold with associated retouch.
Measurements: 22" x 44" x 2"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: SOLD
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