Archaeologists have discovered bronze Viking weather vanes from the 9th century. They have an unusual quadrant shape, usually surmounted by an animal or creature from Norse fable. They were commonly used on Viking ships, and were also popular on Scandinavian churches. These weather vanes can be seen even today in Sweden and Norway.
Sold $2,400 AMERICAN FOLK ART CUT-OUT SHEET-IRON FOX WEATHERVANE, depicting a running fox, with remnants of old black over earlier red paint. On mounting rod with brass fitting. Now displayed on a custom iron stand. Second half 19th century. 16" HOA, 23" LOA. Provenance: Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA. Purchased from The Red Brick House Antiques, Middleburg, VA, 1986.