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Fame Weathervane

Fame weathervane in flying pose
Probably New York, circa 1880-1890

Cast zinc and molded copper, traces of original gold leaf and verdigris, 30 x 31 x 12 inches 

This is one of a very small number of Fame weathervanes that appear to be the work of at least three different makers. Scholars have suggested E. G. Washburne, J. L. Mott Ironworks, and J. W. Fiske as possible makers. The J. L. Mott Ironworks catalog of 1892 titled Vanes, Bannerets and Finials, p. 63, illustrates a version of Fame in an upright pose standing on a sphere. This is the first example of a flying fame weathervane that has come to light.