Antique American Iron 19th C Folk Art Weathervane Trade Sign Chimney Sweep W Cat
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Antique American Iron 19th C Folk Art Weathervane Trade Sign Chimney Sweep W Cat:
ANTIQUE AMERICAN IRON 19th C FOLK ART WEATHERVANE TRADE SIGN CHIMNEY SWEEP W CAT
The BEST Antique American Iron Chimney Sweeper Folk Art Weathervane!
*Please 'click' each individual image for enlargements of details including the great period construction and patina!* - Thanks!!
Dating circa 1880-1920, this wonderful piece of folk art was recently purchased by us out of an estate near Philadephia Pennsylvania.
We concur with the former owners in the thought the vane was likely to have resided on a building which housed a chimney sweeping service in the Philadelphia area during the turn of the 19th century. This allowed the piece the service of acting as a trade sign as well as a weathervane.
As you can see the profile of the piece is a striking sillohette of a chimney sweep, the personage bearing a period top hat, and sporting a tailcoat. In the sweepers hands he holds the tools of his trade, a flue brush and a ladder.
Another specific element of great folk art is the blacksmith who created this piece included the profile of a cat on the edge, complete with pointed ears, and a charming curled tail.
The construction of the piece showcases great original ironwork. The blacksmith formed out the design of the weathervane in flat iron, and reinforced the back with wrought strap iron support brackets including three areas where a rod could pass through (see images).
Over the course of time, the piece was painted with several layers of paint, mostly in shades of green. If you click the individual images you'll see you can produce enlargements which allow for a better presentation of the surface and original construction.
You'll see that overtime and exposure to the elements the paint has flaked on the piece creating a wonderul 'alligatored' finish. The metal beneath the paint, also exposed over decades has pitted at some areas, creating a wonderful patina.
One of the other aspects that make this one of the best examples we've ever encountered is the size. The piece measures an impressive Three Feet Eight Inches Tall and 34" wide. A commanding presentation that would be the focal point of any wall it was hung on.
A truly unique opportunity to purchase a masterful work of early American Folk Art! We're certain this will delight at collector, being a superb addition to any folk art collection, or interior decorum.
We are pleased to offer this wonderful weathervane on a week long sale!
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On Apr-04-13 at 08:19:14 PDT, seller added the following information:
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