Fancifully designed weathervanes have been telling people which way the wind blows for thousands of years (a rotating figure of god of the sea Triton topped a tower in ancient Athens).
There are thousands of weathervane designs, but our favorite is a pennant, banner, or flag that looks as if it’s unfurling in the breeze. In honor of March, the windiest month, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite weathervanes, new and old, at prices from high to low:
N.B.: To attach your weathervane to the roof, browse a wide selection of
Roof Mount hardware at Architectural Depot and Mounting Brackets & Accessories at The Weather Store.
Above: Powder coated in an antique brown color, a Barrington Weather Vane is a a modern version of the traditional “flag” style; it comes with bolts to mount it and is £38 from Garden Trading. Above: A classic zinc $652.52 from 1stdibs. 20th Century Flag Banner Weathervane from France (circa 1950) spins on a timber stand;
Above: UK-based blacksmith Marcus Henke was trained as an artist; now he specializes in bespoke metalwork pieces including a Flag Weathervane. Contact Kington Forge for information and pricing. Above: A Copper Banner Weathervane (circa 1900) is $1,200 from As Good As Old via Rubylane. Above: A 19th Century French Weathervane is $675 on 1stdibs. Above: A polished copper Banner Weathervane is $199 (add $35 for a green patina finish) from East Coast Weathervanes and Cupolas. Above: A verdigris Banner Weathervane comes with a mounting bracket; currently on sale for £100 from Great Outdoor Goods. Above: A Banner Weathervane available in six sizes is from £130 to £250 depending on size from Otter Wrought Iron Products.
Above: A one-of-a-kind vintage Copper Fleur De Lis Weathervane comes with a stand; $699 from Chairish. Above: A custom School Pennant Weathervane is made of copper or brass with a lead painted finish; prices from $2,895 to $3,795 depending on size from School Art Studio.
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