Thursday, April 21, 2011

Weather or not?

We have an old weathervane on top of our house.
It's been there a long time but it's not the original.

The first was a polo player on a pony we've been told. 
I would love to find one to replace 
this basic horse weathervane, 
but can't find one that is affordable!

This one sold at Christie for over $25,000!

Do you have a weathervane on your house or barn,
or maybe one displayed as art in your home?

If so... what kind of weathervane is it?


 In 19th-century America, seamen on sailing ships skimming along the New England coast could "map" a town by its weather vanes. There was the church's rooster; there, the butchery's pig, or a stable's steed; and there, in a distant field, a roof-riding plow or cow pinpointing the farm or dairy spread out below it. In all their whimsical variety, these wonderful old vanes were a distinctly Yankee testament to the bustling life of our nascent republic. (~ Taken in part from an article in Country Living)
Almost forgot about Lucky, our three legged horse in the kitchen!

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Blondie's Journal said...

We have a weather vane on top of our shed {which is more like a barn}! It's actually a cupola with the arrow thingy on it! My husband made it. I wish you a lot of luck finding the one you want. Have you tried ebay?


Suzanne said...

Love your cupola and weathervane. We don't have one but our neighbors have a cupola and it's lighted.

Sometimes if you put the word out to local antique dealers they can be on the lookout for what you want.

Please follow me. I might take you some odd places because my blog is quite eclectic. It was so good to meet you at the blog get-together. You are doing a great job with your blog.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Janette@the2seasons said...

Love the weather vanes. Here in horse country, the horse mansions, I mean barns, have some beautiful vanes. It is so much fun to see them on a bicycle ride by the farms.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

No, I don't have a weather vane, but love the look of them. I would not have known your Lucky on the hood was three legged if you hadn't mentioned it.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Alison, So glad you stopped by. Your home is fabulous. My daughter-in-love works for Ralph of Polo. She has a fun job. Yes...we have a weather vane. It's a large old copper pig and he is displayed in the family room. More hidden than displayed and I need to fix that! There is an ongoing joke between me and my brother about pigs and the pig (and brother) is especially dear to me. Have a wonderful wonderful Easter.

Olive Cooper said...

The weather vane on our tumble down antebellum house, which I seldom photograph, is made of some sort of black iron and has red glass inserts in it. I have zoomed up there and photographed it as it is rather unusual. I hope you find the one you are looking for. I have always thought weather vanes so full of character. Happy Easter. ♥O

lisa said...

Hi Alison--love this space of yours!! Amazing how you are able to transfer your panache,style and elegance from your personal to the published...I can see why people celebrate your work!!! Best, Lisa@the Frenchman's wife

Linda said...

Hi Alison, Our weathervane is on a barn shed that my husband made last year. The weathervane was picked up while we were taking in flea markets. It's a horse. I knew when I saw it I would have a place for it one day. So there it sits perched up on the roof of the shed.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your cupola. Weathervanes are so much fun. Years ago I found one that was on a lightening rod, complete with the rod and the weather arrows. It was topped with a horse pulling a sulky racer. It has been a prized posession for years. I have the horse with sulky in my kitchen on top of the cabinets. Hope you find the one you are looking for too. Hugs, Marty

Beverly said...

Oh Allison I love your home.. the weathervane and cupola are both wonderful.

Nina said...

Youre home is beautiful! Is there a room under the weathervane? Love Nina

June said...

Hi Alison,
What a beautiful home and blog you have!
Thank you so much for coming by to compliment me on the garden. It is great to meet you.

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

no weather vane here. they're all so beautiful. i think this will be fun for you to hunt one down and will mean that much more with the delay of gratification. i'm partial to LUCKY in your kitchen. he's imperfectly perfect and in such a place of honor. if we DID have a vane, it would have to be a fox since it's what our last name means.



Town and Country Gals said...

What a wonderful cupola and weather vane you have! I have one that is a cocker spaniel and her puppy that I picked up a couple of years ago in Franklin, TN. It's all rusty and I love it. Under my Favorite Things post on April 15, I have a photo of it, it does have the S,N,E, and W at the bottom but didn't get that in the photo. It is sitting on a stack of suitcases in my family room. I hope you can find the polo player, it's fabulous! I've loved weather vanes for a long time and was excited to finally find one that I couldn't live with out at a somewhat reasonable price, under $125!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

I don't have a weather vane, but I would love to have one. I love the fox.


Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Hi Alison... we have a cupola and weathervane on top of our carriage house. It's one of my favorite things. Ours is a goose, and my 2 year old loves looking out the window at it, and saying "siwwy goo."

lvroftiques said...

Alison I love weather vanes! And I hear ya about the "expensive" The beautiful antique ones can cost a mint! LOVE Lucky in your kitchen! I've bought and sold a couple of them. Of course now I wish I'd held on to them! *winks* Hoarder...guilty as charged *sighs* Howevah I will keep my eyes open for you. Weather vanes aren't so popular in my neck of the country so sometimes one can be found for less than the cost of your soul....Or first born *winks* Vanna

BeautifulDees said...

Hello there I have not heard from you in awile so I thought I would drop by...I cant read about the people I am following my dashboard took it off, so I will try to drop by more often....I love your blog.
Come by my blog I am having a blog give away.

Emily said...

Wish I had one, love them. I like your idea of following through with the theme of your home for a polo player but your horse weathervane is great, its gorgeous and if you find one great, but don't sweat the small stuff. Mr. horse weathervane looks fabulous, your house is fabulous.......

The French Hutch

Designs By Pinky said...

HI Allison, we don't have any weathervanes, but my SIL has one on their barn. Wishing you a very happy Easter! Please follow me, I follow you and don't see me on your sidebar:):) You ASKED for the shout out:):) XO, Pinky

Upscale Downhome said...

I am in love with Lucky! I've always wanted a primitive antique weather vane to use as wall art inside ever since I saw a Country Living article years ago. Lucky looks perfect in your kitchen!

afternoon tea said...

We don't have a weather vane, but I've always wanted one. I hope you find the one you want.

Sarah said...

Alison, we don't have an authentic weather vane, but I've always wanted one. We do have a wooden sculpture of a rooster weather vane. It will have to do for now. I always wanted an antique piece to use in the house somewhere. Love the examples you've shown
~ Sarah

AshTreeCottage said...

I love weathervanes, but sadly do not have one ~ yet! I love the three legged horse over your stove!! Happy Easter to you and your family.

Susan and Bentley

Babs said...

Alison, Weather vanes are wondrous things to me. I love the one on your cupola and Lucky, in your kitchen. We don't have one but I keep asking Hubby to put a cupola and vane on the shed but so far one hasn't appeared. :)
Our son has one on his garage and I enjoy looking at it when we visit.
Hope you have a lovely Easter,

Poppy said...

Hi Alison, thanks for dropping by and following me.. I'm your newest. I love cupolas and I love yours.My favorite is the rooster from Country Living and thanks for sharing the background on weathervanes in 19th century America... love tidbits like that... thats why I love blogland so much!!!! Your house is sooo beautiful, reminds me so much of an English manor house.. I love each and every room, looks like it is from one of those interior decorating magazine..... ~Poppy

Lanell said...

I want your kitchen! The end.

Lori said...

Hey Alison! I just wanted to thank you for your input on my piano! Unfortunately, there is nowhere else we could put it. When we built our house, we had no intentions of having to fit the piano in! So if you have any ideas on how to make it "foyer friendly" I'm all ears! LOL! And I'm so glad you like the linky party idea. I may try again in the future. Oh and I adore weather vanes...but don't have one. :(

Cindy said...

I wish I had one, love them! Your kitchen is amazing and your horse adds the perfect touch!

Anonymous said...

Hi, i have a Polo Weathervane, made by a famous artist.