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Weathervane History


The Weathervane - the enduring symbol of our dependence upon the wind and
weather.
Mankind has been testing the wind changes in weather and fortune for
centuries. From raising a moistened finger to tossing blades of grass into the air,
we have employed various methods for checking wind direction before embarking
upon work or play.

By definition the weathervane, or weathercock as it is also called, is a figure that
turns freely on a vertical rod and by virtue of its design, always points into the
wind. Stated another way, the wind always comes from the direction in which the
weathervane points.

Wherever people have settled, their reliance upon the weathervane has been as
basic to them as grinding wheat for bread. The weathervane has always
represented a simpler way of life, a life that is tied closely to nature. At the end of
each day and with the dawning of the next, people have looked to the sky and
studied the direction of their weathervane. They have plowed and sown, reaped
and stored, worked and played, trusting the good directions of the wind that drove
their fate.

Derived from the Old English word fane, meaning flag or banner, the
weathervane was part of ancient cultures as early as 48 B.C. when a life-sized
replica of the Greek god Triton was hoisted atop the Tower of Winds in Athens.
Even then mankind realized that wind direction was the near certain indicator of
weather patterns.

With the discovery of the New World and the colonization of what is now New
England, weathervanes were proudly displayed from the high steeples of newly
populated towns and cities as our ancestors blended cultures and traditions to
become America.

At first, colonists merely copied the sculptured figures from their European roots.
But with the passage of time, the subjects for their weathervanes changed and
evolved to reflect the environment and character of the New World. New
Englanders used symbols of their new frontier such as fish, seagulls and ships,
since these were prevalent icons of coast-dwellers. As American pioneers moved
westward and an agrarian populace developed, farmers designed and crafted
their own figureheads including pigs and other farm animals, Indian figureheads
and arrows, and especially horses.

As years passed, the creative art form became as important as the functionality.
For this reason weathervane sculptures have been sought out as art, and it is a
matter of record that some have sold for as much as five figures.

And now, as we've headed into a new millennium, people are forging a hole in
cyberspace for things traditional: for reminders of a simpler time and a gentler
pace, for a return to the garden and the deliberate timetable of nature, which
won't be rushed or dictated to.

Whatever your personal reason for purchasing these Good Directions
Weathervanes, you are now a part of a great American tradition. Congratulations
and may favorable winds blow your way!

   
24" Country Doctor Accent Weathevane
Country Doctor: 12.5" Long x 6.25" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Cow Accent Weathervane
Cow: 7.5" Long x 4.75" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Duck Accent Weathevane
Duck: 7" Long x 7" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Eagle Accent Weathervane
Eagle: 5.5" Long x 8.75" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Hog Accent Weathervane
Hog: 7.75" Long x 5" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Horse Accent Weathervane
Horse: 10" Long x 7" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Pheasant Accent Weathervane
Pheasant: 10" Long x 6" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Retriever Accent Weathervane
Retriever: 8.5" Long x 6" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Rooster Accent Weathervane
Rooster: 6" Long x 7" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
24" Sailboat Accent Weathervane
Sailboat: 6.5" Long x 8" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Buck Weathervane
Buck: 9.5" Long x 10.75" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Clipper Accent Weathervane
Clipper: 13" Long x 8.5" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Country Doctor Accent Weathervane
Country Doctor: 13.5" Long x 6" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Cow Weathervane
Cow: 11" Long x 7" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Duck Weathervane
Duck: 8" Long x 11" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Eagle Weathervane
Eagle: 9.75" Long x 11.25" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Elk Weathervane
Elk: 10.5" Long x 11" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Fire Wagon Weathervane
Fire Wagon: 14.75" Long x 6" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Full-Bodied Country Doctor Weathervane
Country Doctor: 13.5" Long x 6" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Full-Bodied Eagle Weathervane
Eagle: 11.5" Long x 9" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Full-Bodied Goose Weathervane
Goose: 11.5" Long x 11.375" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Full-Bodied Horse Weathervane
Horse: 9.75" Long x 8" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Full-Bodied Rooster Weathervane
Rooster: 9" Long x 9" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Golfer Weathervane
Golfer: 9.5" Long x 10.5" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Horse Accent Weathervane
Horse: 10.5" Long x 7" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Horse Weathervane
Hores: 9" Long x 8" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Lighthouse Weathervane
Lighthouse: 11" Long x 9.75" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Mare & Colt Weathervane
Mare & Colt: 13.5" Long x 8.5" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Pheasant Weathervane
Pheasant: 13.5" Long x 8.75" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Retriever Weathervane
Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Rooster Accent Weathervane
Rooster: 7" Long x 8.5" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Rooster Weathervane
Rooster: 9" Long x 9" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Sailboat Accent Weathervane
Sailboat: 12" Long x 4" High. Crafted of rust-free aluminum. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Schooner Weathervane
Schooner: 12.25" Long x 9" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
30" Trout Weathervane
Trout: 9.5" Long x 9.75" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
46" Eagle Weathervane
Eagle: 15" Long x 17" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
46" Horse Weathervane
Horse: 14" Long x 11.25" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
46" Rooster Weathervane
Rooster: 12.5" Long x 12" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

   
46" Sailboat Weathervane
Sailboat: 12.75" Long x 15.5" High. Ships with adjustable aluminum roof mount base.

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