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Scarce Early 19th C. 
Banneret Weathervane 

Early 19th C. swallow-tail banner weathervane probably originally mounted on the peak of an outbuilding like a storage barn or pumphouse. The turned wooden painted finial may or may not be original, but it is quite early, shares the vane’s coat of weathered grey paint and still shows square nail holes. The banner is tinned sheet iron in early dove grey paint over gold gilt. Several points of the starflower are detached from the banner. Weathervanes of this sort are far more rare than the customary late 19th C. factory products. A similar small banner weathervane with same starflower, mounted on a wooden base, attributed to the Mennonites and dated to the early 19th C., is illustrated as figure B, p. 338, in Antique Iron (Schiffer). With turned wooden base, 28” H. Ex-Jefferson and Anne Miller Collection.