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American Antique Weather Vanes: The Complete Illustrated Westervelt Catalog of 1883

American Antique Weather Vanes: The Complete Illustrated Westervelt Catalog of 1883

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American Antique Weather Vanes: The Complete Illustrated Westervelt Catalog of 1883

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Weather vanes were used by the ancient Greeks a hundred years before the birth of Christ; by early Scandinavians on their ships; and were common throughout England since William the Conqueror, and throughout Europe since the French Revolution. American vanes were recorded since the seventeenth century — among the first known is the copper cockerel, made in 1656 for the Dutch Reformed Church at Albany. The weather vane found a welcome home in the expanding America of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was a jaunty bit of decoration that served an important utilitarian function and enlivened the whole landscape with its humorous and homespun motifs, bold and vigorous design, and spirited air of American individualism and independence.
By the late nineteenth century weather vane design and manufacture had reached full maturity. There were several firms throughout the United States specializing in weather vanes, some of which issued catalogs displaying their wares. Among the largest and most important of these companies was A. B. & W. T. Westervelt of New York City, whose extensive illustrated 1883 catalog, featuring over 550 copper weather vanes and finials, is herein reprinted.
This excellent primary source by one of the principal manufacturers of American weather vanes offers an extraordinarily wide range of styles and motifs, including: horse with sulky and driver, cow or bull, gun and cap, goddess of liberty, dog, ram or sheep, Indian chief, hook and ladder with number, oxen, ocean steamer, Roman banneret and scroll, rooster, cannon, fish, pen, locomotive and tender, initials, lion, liberty cap and arrows, malter's shovel and brew barrel, and many more. Vanes are illustrated with line engravings, are especially well suited to reproduction (all royalty-free), and are accompanied by relevant information on size, materials, and original prices.
Indispensable for the architect, antique collector, and historian, this collection of authentic weather vane designs will also prove to be an unusually rich source of royalty-free art and graphic inspiration for the artist, designer, and crafter.

Herausgeber:
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Apr 10, 2013
ISBN:
9780486163666
Format:
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American Antique Weather Vanes - A. B. & W. T. Westervelt

A.B. & W.T. Westervelt

American Antique

WEATHER VANES

The Complete Illustrated Westervelt Catalog of 1883

Dover Publications, Inc., New York

Publisher’s Note

Traditional bearers of heraldic and church insignias atop the castles and cathedrals of medieval Europe, weather vanes have been popular additions to American buildings beginning with handcrafted weathercocks in Colonial times. In the late nineteenth century, the growing power, wealth and adventurous spirit of a youthful America were reflected in the stately rooftop spires that served as trade signs, good luck emblems, decorative status symbols and, of course, indicators of wind direction. In this important 1883 mail-order catalog, A. B. and W. T. Westervelt, manufacturers of varied metal goods, advertised their offering of over 550 copper vanes and finials. The prices listed here are no longer valid, but antique collectors, historians and craftsmen will make good use of these engravings of the bannerets, ships, bulls and racing horses that crowned American buildings in the Victorian era. (The last two pages in the present edition are the original front and back of the paper cover of the catalog; the page facing this one reproduces the original title page.)

Copyright © 1982 by Dover Publications, Inc.

All rights reserved.

This Dover edition, first published in 1982, is an unabridged and unaltered republication of the work originally published by A. B. & W. T. Westervelt in 1883. The Publisher’s Note is new

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