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Weathervane: Liberty Cap

Origin: America, New York, New York
Overall: 19 x 11 x 4in. (48.3 x 27.9 x 10.2cm)
Copper, brass, and paint
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1972.800.3
A full-bodied molded copper weathervane in the form of a Liberty Cap, painted yellow. The cap has five-pointed stars around its brim and a tassle dangling from its pointed top.
Label:Of the liberty cap weather vanes illustrated in the catalogs of A. B. & W. T. Westervelt, J.W. Fiske, and The J. L. Mott Iron Works, only Mott's vanes included a circle of stars around the bottom edge as seen on this example.
The so-called liberty cap, inspired by headgear assumed by Roman slaves upon their emancipation, was adopted first by Colonial Revolutionaries and later by their French counterparts as a symbol of freedom.
Provenance:Found in New York State; Edith Gregor Halpert, New York, NY; Terry Dintenfass, Inc., New York, NY.