Lot 1210
  • 1210

HORSEJ. HOWARD & CO. | HorseJ. Howard & Co.

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6,000 - 8,000 USD
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Description

  • molded copper and cast zinc weathervane with gold leaf and paint
  • Height 20 in. by Length 24 in.
  • circa 1860

Provenance

Nathan S. Kline, New York;
Marna Anderson, New Paltz, New York.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 19.

Catalogue Note

J. Howard & Co. was first listed as a weathervane manufacturer in 1856 and last appeared in the 1865 New England Business Directory, listed beneath A.L. Jewell, who, unlike Howard, paid for an ad in the book. The only record of the company's products is an unillustrated wholesale price list. While this list gives us no clear idea what these vanes looked like, some of the firm's vanes are stamped, "Made by J. Howard & Co. W. Bridgewater, Mass," offering a basis of comparison with examples, like this one, that are not stamped. All of the stamped vanes have Howard's distinctive combination of cast zinc forebodies and molded copper rears. The legs, ears, and tails of their horses were also copper.
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