August 16, 2016

Wind vanes or "weathervanes" are old weather instruments used to determine the direction and speed of wind. The oldest recorded weathervane was made in honor of the Greek god Triton. Ancient people across all civilizations believe in the divine power of winds and information gathered from weathervanes is important for shipping, military, fishing and farming.

Weather vanes have played an important part of history. Greek, Roman, Viking and western civilization have relied on the information from weathervanes. The word vane comes from the Anglo-Saxon word fane which means flag. Roosters became the prevalent décor on church steeples in the 9th century as part of a Papal decree on commemorating Peter’s falling out and renewal of faith in Jesus as well as to serve as a reminder of the Christian faith.


Across rural America, weathervanes are considered part of folk art which reflect the existing landscapes of the area, from roosters and horses to other farm animals. In seafaring communities, weathervanes with whales, ships and sea birds can be seen in church steeples, houses and even light houses.

George Washington’s farm house in Virginia has a bird of peace as a decorative wind vane. Today, with state of the art weather forecasting from weather satellites and radar, weathervanes are considered a part of folk art of areas and their function seemingly obsolete, but still having old world charm.

Fire Savage offers a wide variety and sizes of solid brass weathervanes

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