Cast Copper Man on Horseback Weathervane, A.L. Jewell & Co., Waltham, Massachusetts, c. 1870, flattened full-body form of heavy gauge copper and some applied sheet copper, old surface of verdigris and gilt, (minor seam separation, bullet dents), ht. 19 1/2, lg. 22 1/2 in.
Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York; Sotheby's Auction, January 27, 1989, Lot 1167; purchased by the consignor at the above.
Literature: Kennedy Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, January 1978, p. 31, item #28, titled Soldier on Horse. For a similar weathervane, see Folk Art, Fall 1983, for an example advertised for sale by Ron and Penny Dionne.
Note: According to the consignor, in the quarterly referenced above the author writes: "like the Arabian horse made by A.L. Jewell, this weathervane is cast of heavy gauge copper sheet with heavy soldering seams. Quite probably like the Jewell it is also an early example of a commercially manufactured vane."
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