Angel Gabriel Weathervane

American, circa 1880-1900
Iron, lead, old paint, height 10 ½ inches, length 23 ¾ inches

Of a charmingly small size, this is a delightfully stylized rendition of an Angel Gabriel weathervane fashioned from silhouetted sheet iron with forged upright and original lead donut shaped counterweight. It is a whimsical example made by a blacksmith that survives in a wonderful state of preservation retaining its original historic surface of crusty old green paint, over earlier coatings of black and gold.

A related sheet metal Angel Gabriel Weathervane of similar form is illustrated in Robert Bishop, American Folk Sculpture (New York, 1974), p. 61, fig. 83, and Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblentz, A Gallery of American Weathervanes and Whirligigs (New York, 1981), p. 81, fig. 137.

Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI; A notable mid-western private collection.

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