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Horse Weather Vane
Black Hawk, Hackney, Patchen, Prancing Horse, Smuggler & Horse & Sulky Weathervane

Made in the U.S.A.

George M. Patchen Lithograph by Currier & Ives

Trotting stallion George M. Patchen, Jr. of California, sired by George M. Patchen, painted by American artist John Cameron (active ca. 1852-ca. 1862) and lithograph printed c1866 by Currier & Ives of New York (1835-1907)

In America, horse vanes prior to 1830 are rare, but by the late 1840's, harness racing had become a national sport, and weather vane manufacturers made horse designs of all the most famous racehorses. Most of the figures were modeled after the lithographs printed by the renowned firm of Currier & Ives of New York (1835-1907) We are proud to offer reproductions of these antique horse vanes, but also a good selection of other popular horse breeds and designs. Horses make a perfect figure for a weather vane, with their noses pointing into the wind!


Black Hawk Horse Weather Vane
Black Hawk

Black Hawk was a famous Morgan Horse, foaled in New Hampshire in 1833. The Morgan Horse, named for Justin Morgan who owned the original sire of this breed, was not only a great harness-racing horse, but also a wonderful all-around horse for a farm family. The book and later movie "Justin Morgan Had a Horse" was about "Figure", Black Hawk's foundation stock. By the mid-1800's, this horse was so popular that weather vanes of Black Hawk out-sold all others. Our Black Hawk is a swell-bodied ornament, just like the original.

ITEM: H30 Black Hawk Weathervane
Swell-bodied
Ornament is 26" long x 17" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 - 3 1/2' above roof
$1,992 complete
Black Hawk Horse Weather Vane On Arrow
Black Hawk on 42" Arrow

ITEM: H30 Black Hawk Weathervane
Swell-bodied
Ornament is 42" long x 19" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 - 3 1/2' above roof
Call for price
Black Hawk Sulky Weathervane
Black Hawk Sulky

This Weathervane heightens the Black Hawk design and adds a driver on a period high-wheeled sulky.

ITEM: S12 Black Hawk Sulky Weather Vane
Ornament is 31" long x 18" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 - 3 1/2' above roof
$3,190 complete

Black Hawk Horse & Sulky Weather Vane On 54" Arrow 23k Gold Leaf
Black Hawk Sulky on 54" Arrow
Shown with 23k XX Gold Leaf

ITEM: S12-54A Black Hawk Sulky Weather Vane
Ornament is 54" long x 21" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 1/2' above roof
(Call for Price)

Hackney Horse Weather VaneHackney Horse Rear ViewHackney Horse Front View
Hackney (Small)

The Hackney Horse is a high performance harness horse whose breed dates back to 1760. Its name comes from the Medieval French "haquenee". It was the ultimate driving machine of the 1880's in both America and Britain, and the Hackney still shows remarkable success in all forms of driving competition as well as being the high stepping aristocrat of the show ring.

ITEM: H40 - Small Hackney Horse Weathervane
Full-bodied
Ornament is 25" long x 25" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 1/2' above roof
$2,451 complete
Large Hackney Horse Weather Vane
Hackney (Large)
This Weather Vane is a larger design with fine head details, and it shows the very animated movement of the Hackney breed.

ITEM: H45 - Large Hackney Horse Weather Vane
Full-bodied
Cast Bronze Head
Ornament is 36" long x 30" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 1/2' - 4' above roof
$3,895 complete
George M. Patchen Horse Weather Vane
George M. Patchen
Perfectly balanced ornament with highly detailed head make this a popular design.

ITEM: H20 - George M. Patchen Horse Weather Vane
Full-bodied
Cast Bronze Head
Ornament is 42" long x 24" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 1/2' above roof
$3,985 complete
George M. Patchen on an Arrow
George M. Patchen
on Arrow with Verdigris Patina

The Arrow shown is 60" long.
We can make it larger. Call for estimate.




Smuggler Horse Weather Vane
Smuggler Horse Weather Vane
Smuggler was a natural pacer but he wore 2lb toe weights to correct his gait and raced as a trotter. In 1874 he won the title of "Fastest Trotting Stallion in the US", at Mystic Park in suburban Boston. Lithographers rushed to produce Smuggler prints, and A.J. Harris & Co. and L.W. Cushing & Sons added Smuggler models to their weather vane lines.
This design has changed - Photo coming soon

ITEM: H10 - Smuggler Horse Weathervane
Swell-bodied
Ornament is 31" long x 16" highComplete weathervane will stand about 3 - 3 1/2' above roof
$2,440 complete
Smuggler Pacer Race Horse & Sulky
Smuggler Race Horse & Sulky
Weather Vane

This Weathervane heightens the Smuggler design and adds a driver on a period high-wheeled sulky.

ITEM: S10 - Smuggler Horse & Sulky Weather Vane
Ornament is 33" long x 18" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 - 3 1/2' above roof
$3,190 complete




Prancing Horse Weather Vane
Prancing Horse
Superb details on this, our newest horse design.


ITEM: H40P - Prancing Horse Weathervane
Full-bodied
Ornament is 25" long x 35" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 1/2' -4' above roof
$2,451 complete
White Mountain Boy Racing Horse Weathervane
White Mountain Boy
There were 2 famous Morgan racehorses of this name: One sired in 1855 - the grandson of Black Hawk; the second sired in 1871 - the great grandson of Black Hawk.


ITEM: H50 - White Mountain Boy Horse Weather Vane
Full-bodied
Cast Bronze Head
Ornament is 33" long x 15" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3 - 3 1/2' above roof
Call for price
You can add an Arrow to any of these designs
Go to Add an Arrow Page
Add an Arrow

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Each Weather Vane includes your choice of either:

With NSEW Directionals
Denninger Westervelt Banner with NSEW Directionals
  • Copper and brass weathervane ornament
  • Pair of copper globes
  • Cast brass NSEW directionals
  • Solid stainless steel rod painted black (or to upgrade to a brass sleeve covering add $75)
This is the traditional and most popular set-up for weather vanes.
OR
With a Large Globe
Denninger Westervelt Banner Weather Vane with Globe
  • Copper and brass weathervane ornament
  • One large impressive copper globe
  • Solid stainless steel rod painted black (or to upgrade to a brass sleeve covering add $75)

This style was popular from the 1700's right up to the Victorian era, and is also very striking with contemporary vanes.

Each Weather Vane comes with a standard stainless steel rod suitable for Mounting Diagram A or B:

Mounting Diagram #1
Diagram A - Headblock only

Traditional mounting of a weather vane into the solid headblock of a cupola, tower, turret or gazebo, or into the ridgepole of a roof.


This is the "old fashioned" traditional way of mounting a weather vane. It is still suitable today for smaller vanes up to 36" wide. Our basic 28 1/2" rod allows for at least 8" - 9" of rod to be wedged and caulked into a solid headblock or ridgepole, and 16" - 20" of rod exposed above the apex of roof.

Mounting Diagram #4
Diagram B - Headblock & Brace

A preferred traditional mount into the solid headblock of a cupola, tower, turret or gazebo, or into the ridgepole of a roof using a brace for extra strength.

Prepare your roof ahead with this headblock and brace system, for an easy and very secure mount. This mount is suitable for any size weather vane. Our basic 28 1/2" rod allows for at least 8" - 9"of rod inside the roof, and 16" - 20" of rod exposed above the apex of the roof. A nail is used to pin the rod to the brace. Larger sized vanes will need proportionally heavier and longer rods.

NOTE:
Installation may vary with each building.
It is very important to us that you are able to properly mount your weathervane
so you can enjoy it for generations to come.
Please contact us for mounting advice before you order - 870-204-4791
See our Mounting Diagrams for even more options.


Options:

Go to Custom Patina Page
Patina
Verdigris
or Black
Go to Custom Guilding Page
Gilding

23k Gold Leaf
Go to Add an Arrow Page
Add an Arrow
to a design

Go to Denninger Caps
Copper roof caps


Go to Custom Directionals
Custom directionals or cardinals
Go to Custom Garniture
Garniture
Go to Custom Transition Pieces
Transition pieces


Of course, we can modify anything
(yes anything) including: size, shape etc.
Just consider it a custom design.
Call Al or Beth at 870-204-4791

Shipping:

Shipped in the USA and Worldwide via UPS or best way.
Your shipping costs will only be the actual carrier charges,determined upon size and weight of packed carton(s).
Largest sizes may require a wooden crate, and item will be sent via Truck.
Call for delivery schedule - each item is individually handcrafted for you.

We use recycled and repurposed packing materials whenever possible.
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