standing rooster; flat tail, with feather delineations incised in zigzag design; black rod extends down from stomach to horizontal bar below feet; green and gray patina

Rooster weathervane, c. 1855

Copper, zinc, ironexpand_more

Gift of John and Elizabeth Driscollexpand_more  2004.177.12

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Jonathan Howard & Company was one of the earliest weathervane manufacturers in the United States. Using hand-carved wooden molds and casting the entire front of each piece in zinc—not just the head as most other makers did—their factory made some of the most detailed weathervanes of the day. This one was originally covered in gold, but weathering by the elements has exposed the underlying metal.

Details
Title
Rooster weathervane
Artist Life
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, c. 1850–1868
Role
Maker
Accession Number
2004.177.12
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standing rooster; flat tail, with feather delineations incised in zigzag design; black rod extends down from stomach to horizontal bar below feet; green and gray patina