Weathervanes, Whirligigs & Signs

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A large painted (both sides) wooden shop sign in the form of a medal. French c. 1880.

Size: 55" H x 23" W


Tramp House~ carved and painted trade / shop sign.  American, Mid-Century.

Size: 6" H x 15" L


Rustic painted copper sheet and wrought iron hanging inn / pub sign. English c. 1860.

Size: 32" H x 24" W


Carved and painted "North End Dairy A. Birt Chandlers Ford; Sign. English c. 1860.

Size: 5 1/2" H x 24" L


American Moon and Stars tin sculpture /weathervane. c.1900.

Size: 17" H x 21" W (vane only)


Davis Floral Co; shop sign DOUBLE-SIDED. American, Early 20th Century.

Size: 15 1/2" H X 57" L



Cast iron sign "Lunt St" from Byfield MA. American, Late 19th Century.

Size: 3" H x 14" L



Small horse weathervane (aluminum) with some bullet holes. American, Mid-Century.

Size: 8" H x 19" L (w/stand 12" H)



American fire mark with the initials F.A. painted aluminum. American, Mid-Century.

Size: 10 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W


Diminutive iron Mermaid weathervane with directional's and great surface. American c. 1910.

Size: Overall Height = 41" H Diameter - 17" D Mermaid only = 10" H x 16" L


Gilded wooden letter " P ". American, Early 1900's.

Size: 12 1/2" H x 10" W


Wooden Whale Weather Vane with traces of old paint ~ Discovered on Nantucket, Massachusetts. American, Early 20th Century.

Size: 4" H x 17" L (Whale Only), 9 1/2" H (Overall height with stand)

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Painted wood arrow weathervane with great surface on later base. American, 19th Century

Size: 35" H x 41 1/2" L


Painted and gilt-lettered "PANNEBAKER'S" double-sided rectangular sign with shaped ends with gilt lettering on a blue/green smalt ground bordered with gilt pinstriping and black paint. American, Late 19th Century.

Size: 16" H x 92 1/2" L


"Friendship" sign on wooden board possibly cradle footboard with stamped on back with "A. G. Fisher". American, Early 1900's.

Size: 10 3/4" H x 14 1/2" W x 3/4" D


Cast iron "Germantown Mutual Fire" plaque. Americn, dated 1848.

Size: 8" H x 11 1/2" L


Superb copper banner weathervane with a fish tail and star and other flowing geometrical designs. Later stand. American, Late 19th Century.

Size: 20" H x 39" L


Bicycle rider ~ unusual figural whirligig ~ the propellers activate a man riding a bicycle. American, Early 20th Century.

Size: 22 1/2" H x 20" L


Primitive red arrow heavy and large iron vane.

Size: 9 3/4" H x 50 1/2" L



Old wooden leg stocking stretcher decorated later as museum sign. Embossed at top; C.S.B. Co. Ltd. 9 1/2, Walkerton. Mid-20th Century.

Size: 30" H x 5" W


Carved & painted whimsical fish sign ~ "You Should've Been Here Yesterday" !!! American.

Size: 18 1/2" L



Tin & iron weathervane (banner) with the Danish Flag & goosehead pointer on a later display base. American, Early 1900's.

Size: 31" H x 37" L



Rare vintage enameled iron sign for Northeast Airlines which were the first airlines founded 1931 acquired by Delta Airlines in 1972.

Size: 9 1/4" H x 23" L


Painted & carved Food sign.

Size: 26" H x 4 1/4" W


Cast Iron Soda Fountain "Cherry" flavor sign. American, Early 1900.

Size: 4 1/4" H x 20 1/2" L


19TH c. double-sided doctor office sign with painted tôle banners mounted on a black wire frame. Found in Cape Cod. American.

Size: 15 1/2" H x 19 3/4" W



Porcelain enameled tin insurance sign. American, Early 1900.

Size: 14" H x 20" L



"Hamilton Shore" ~ Double-sided directional sign with pointed hand (some paint loss). American, Early 1900's.

Size: 28" L x 6" H x 7/8" D



19th Century heavy gage cast iron firemark of the Baltimore Equitable Society Insurance established in 1794 with the symbol of shaking hands. American.

Size: 10 1/4" H x 9 1/2" W



Verdigris copper sun face relief firemark with Bath Sun Fire. Office sign of the Sun Insurance Bath, England 1766-1838.

Size: 7 1/2" H x 8 1/2" W



Star Sunburst lightening rod finial on later wooden base. American, Mid-Century.

Size: 7 1/2" H (rod only)


Primitive folky painted copper, tin & iron sailboat weathervane / sculpture. American, Early 1900's.

Size: 20" H x 28 1/2" W



Large wood & galvanized tin with applied molded-wood frame trade sign with folky painted wood applied letters retains original red, white & blue painted surface. American, Early 1900's.

Size: 24 1/2" H x 43" W


Folky carved and painted Zodiac sign wheel with releif carving and a central sunface. American, 20th Century.

Size: 16 1/2" D



Flat sheet metal silhouette of a running rabbit weathervane on later display stand. American, Mid-Century.

Size: vane only - 11" H x 21 1/2" L (overall 19" H)


Vintage carved & painted Acme (high pinnacle point of success) sign / plaque of distinction.

Size: 4" H x 14 1/4" L x 1/2" D


Sheet cooper banner weathervane with gold paint on later display base.

Size: (Vane only:  22 1/2" H x 42 1/2" L) (Overall 32” H)


Sheet metal FLYING GEESE weathervane ~ Three geese in flight over a directional formed as rolling hills. Painted black.

Size: 51" H x 31 1/2" L


"CHA CHA" large painted circus / carnival sign depicting a cheerful, young lady with a colorful dress on later display stand. American, Mid-Century.

Size: 48 3/4" H


This Large painted sheet metal heart shaped carnival sign is special & the surface is great.

Verse: "Patrons Jumping Off This Machine While In Motion Terminates Their Ride".

As often you get simple instructions that can have multiple meaning. I see a philosophical meaning comparing to life itself or a project that you take & half-way finish. I see certain irony & humor in it.

American, Early 20th Century.
Size: 26" H x 27" D


Colorful painted "BAIT" sign on sheet metal. American, Mid-Century.

Size: 9" H x 21 3/8 " L



Large copper & zinc bannerette weathervane great surface with traces of gilt & green verdigris. American, Late 19th Century.

Size: 29 1/2" H x 59 1/4" L x 3" W (vane only)



Gilt spread-winged eagle perched on a ball weathervane. Later wooden display stand. American, 19th Century.

Size: 20" H x 24 1/2" W



19th c. (Civil War) large metal weathervane depicting Admiral David Farragut who was the first admiral in the United States Navy. Retains some original paint with surface rusting. American.

Size: 35" H x 30" L



Carved & painted signage "Drive Slowly". American, Early 1900.

Size: 11 1/4" H x 23 1/4" L



"Park" sign painted on wood panel ~ "Park 60 Minutes Only" in red with white lettering. Mid-Century, American.

Size: 8" H x 16" W


19th c. American store shop sign painted on tin with shapely scalloped wooden frame, "Mrs. Elbert. Variety Store".

Size: 16 1/2" H x 21" W



Painted on wood American sign c. 1900. "CHIEF" in faux 3D lettering on deep red background. Some paint wear mainly near the "c".

Size: 4 1/2" H x 18 1/4" L x 1" D



Painted wooden sign "Top" in bright red lettering against a yellow ground. American c. 1910.

Size:  9 1/2" H x 19 1/2" L x 1" D.



Carved wooden dancing man ( jigger ) with "screw-in" handle. Late 19th Century.

Size: 13" H


Indian in Canoe Whirligig ~ American, early 1900's. The man with paddle arms, wearing a headdress also with glass eyes & great old surface.

Size: 12" H x 31" L



Carved & painted articulated female doll jigger on later stand. c. 1860.

Size: 13" H


An interesting whirligig of a black man with paddles shaped and colored as watermelon wedges (found in Mississippi). American, 1930's

Size: 20" H (arms extended 28" H)


Carved & painted figure of an African American gentleman whirligig. Late 19th Century.

Size: 21" H x 6 1/4" W



Interesting carved jigger in original paint with fur for hair and "facet cut" glass for eyes. Early 1900's.

Size: 10" H



Lumberjack Whirligig with galvanized metal blades and contemporary wood stand. American, Early 1900's.

Size: 19" H x 19" L (w/stand) Blades 19 1/2" L



Folky built wooden & tin small airplane model / gig. American, Mid-Century.

Size: 13" H



Rare townscape reverse glass mirror. American c. 1815

Size: 20 1/2" H x 11 1/8" W x 1" D



Whimsy windmill / whirligig with original colorful paddles on later base. American, Early 1900's.

Size: 12" H x 15" L


Whimsical wrought iron & nails Folk Art toy Ferris wheel. American, Early 1900's.

Size: 25" H x 21 1/4" W x 8" D



Amusing & fabulous primitive whirligig man on a horse with old paint (one paddle restored). American c. 1900.

Size: 25" H x 25" W


Carved & painted fisherman whirligig. American.

Size: 12" H (13 3/4" H attached to base)


Great motion on this galloping horse in painted zinc wall plaque.

Size:  18 1/2" H x 39" W.


Copper fish weathervane mounted on a wood base. American c. 1900.

Size: 13 3/4" H x 34" L



Carved & painted swimming mermaid whirligig on later stand. American c. 1940.

Size: 7" H x 17" L x 1/2" W (overall 13 1/2" H)



Colorful unusual shield-shaped wooden frame polychrome decorated with foliate and garland in yellow & blue on red background with oval aperture. Probably Pennsylvania. c. 1860.

Size: 8 1/4" H x 6" W



Original Gouache painting prototype advertisement / shop cardboard display for orange marmalade, by F. G. Dawe, (Irish), to advertise Hartley's Jams 1950.

Size: 20 1/2" H x 14" W




Leatherwood Antiques,  Post Office Box 1676,  Sandwich, MA 02563 ~  508-420-1433