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Maker(s):unknown
Culture:American
Title:Weathervane
Date Made:19th century
Type:Tool - Weight/Measure; Architectural
Materials:zinc
Place Made:New England or New York State
Measurements:Overall: 23 1/2 x 49 1/8 in; 59.7 x 124.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2022.34.10
Credit Line:Gift of Patricia Passmore Alley and F. William Alley

Description:
Large zinc weathervane in the shape of a quill pen with traces of gilding. It is believed that these quill-shaped weathervanes were commonly installed atop schools due to the quill's association with writing and learning. However, quill weathervanes were undoubtedly used atop other buildings, as the form appeared almost universally in weathervane manufacturers' catalogues and appear to have been a common form.

Tags:
pens; feathers; weather; writing

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