Weathervanes representing a trumpeting Gabriel became popular symbols on rural churches during the great religious revivals that swept America in the early decades of the republic. Like this example, most were individual efforts fashioned from sheet metal by local smithies.
Hammond, where this vane was found and possibly made, is a small town in upstate New York that borders the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands region. The first church in what became Hammond was built in 1822.
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