About this artwork
Before the advent of modern mechanized devices, weather vanes were an important source of information on shifting weather conditions. The horse shape was common; in fact, weather vanes often memorialized famous racehorses. The elegant simplicity of this example is characteristic of the works of Alvin L. Jewell, one of the most important 19th-century weather vane designers. At his metal manufacturing firm, A. L. Jewell and Company, Jewell invented a molding process so that he could mass-produce his handcrafted work. In this example, Jewell made the head of a solid, heavier metal, so the weather vane would balance properly and point toward the wind’s source. Jewell’s innovative manufacturing and advertising methods helped to change the growing American weather vane industry.
- Alvin L. Jewell
- Running Horse Weather Vane
- United States
- Copper, lead and/or zinc, and gilding
- Stamped on left shoulder: A. L. Jewell, Waltham, Mass.
- 43.2 × 69.2 x 5.1 cm (17 × 27 1/4 x 2 in.)
- Restricted gift of Charles C. Haffner III