The exhibition includes the graceful figure of Fame blowing a trumpet and standing en pointe like a celestial ballerina, attributed to well-known manufactory E.G. Washburne & Co. in New York City, a Dove of Peace commissioned by George Washington for his home in Mount Vernon; and an eagle possibly made in the foundry of revolutionary patriot Paul Revere.
In addition to weathervanes, the exhibition will also include beautifully articulated wood sculptures by Harry Leach that functioned as patterns for weathervane molds for the Cushing & White and L.W. & Sons manufactories in Waltham, MA., watercolors of historic weathervanes painted for the Index of American Design, and rare archival materials that illuminate the development of the weathervane in the United States of America.
Image: Ezra Ames and Bela Dexter, Heart and hand weathervane (1839) / photo courtesy of David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles