The handsome and important Metropolitan Arrow was a design favored by all
the major weather vane makers of the late nineteenth century. The first example
we enjoyed seeing is on a massive, heavily-detailed steeple on a church in the
lovely village of Milford, Pennsylvania, located along the Delaware River. The
second time we spotted a Metropolitan Arrow, we were in Martindale, NY, in the
Town of Claverack, and the arrow on the Martindale Community Gospel Church was
gleaming beautifully in the late afternoon light.
Above left: A glorious ten-foot replica of the Metropolitan Arrow for the Kirby Estate, east of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Years ago, the Kirby family donated their breezy mountain top summer house to the Episcopal church for a retreat house. In an ongoing restoration of the buildings and grounds, they commissioned the Denningers to craft an exact gilded replica of the original vane on the tower of the stone carriage house.
Above right: The Denningers' first Metropolitan was commissioned by customers in Sayville, NY, whose family motto is "The Sun will always shine". They personalized the vane with four red stained glass hearts (one for each member of the family) and points to represent the rays of the sun. Now their motto is a solid statement that greets all visitors to their home.
24" wide - $1,400
30" wide - $1,500
36" wide - $1,650
48" wide - $1,800
Larger Sizes Available
This style was popular from the 1700's right up to the Victorian era, and is also very striking with contemporary vanes.
Diagram A - Headblock only
(Old Diagram #1)
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.
Diagram B - Headblock & Brace
(Old Diagram #4)
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" brass 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.
Denninger weather vanes are created one-at-a-time.
Each Denninger Weather Vane is an important piece
Copper Weather Vane, Garniture, Transition Piece, Cap or Finial
Via UPS - $45 each - Shipped in the USA (AK & HI extra)
Larger sizes may require UPS OS/2 or OS/3 (at an additional charge)
Largest sizes may require a wooden crate, and item will be sent via Truck (charges to be determined)
Call for delivery schedule - each item is individually handcrafted for you.
We use recycled packing materials whenever possible