Antique Folk Art Weathervanes Weather Vanes - History Types Design / Scarce Book


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WEATHER VANES – The History, Manufacture, and Design of an American Folk Art  by Charles Klamkin, Hawthorne Books, NY, 1973. 
Given 350 photographs and rich narrative, this early out-of-print book discusses the history, shapes, sizes, and materials of which weather vanes were made; how they were made; the most famous American vane-makers, including Shem Drowne, who made the banneret atop Boston’s Old North Church; James Lombard, the nineteenth-century Maine woodcarver; Samuel Yellin, Pennsylvania’s famous iron forger; individual firms, such as Kenneth B. Lynch; and contemporary vane-makers, such as John Garrett Thew and Cliff Hirsh, of Connecticut.  In addition he covers all of the specialty vanes, such as silhouette vanes, eagles and patriotic vanes, barnyard animals, fish and ships, and mythological and religious figures, as well as trade signs and wind toys.  
More than any other collectible, weather vanes qualify as art.  Many early American sculptors got their starts as craftsmen of weather vanes.  In this complete and fascinating history of weather vane, Charles Klamkin tells of the earliest recorded vane, that of the sea god Triton on the Tower of the Winds in ancient Athens, and of the earliest vane in America, the weathercock made for the Dutch Reformed Church in Albany, New York, in 1656.  The wide range of weather vanes depicted in over 350 black-and-white photographs, coupled with the rich narrative reviewing the history of production of these items, make this scarce book an indispensable reference.
8.75” x 11.2” hardback with dust cover in good condition (dust cover has ragged edges).  209 pages.
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