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    Posted 12 years ago

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    I have no idea of what this object is but appears to be some type of weathervane to me and is made of heavy copper and brass. It came with a rather large old metal and concrete unit that was removed from the kitchen wall of an old mansion on the Battery in Charleston S.C. and am not sure that it is original to the unit.

    I cannot manage to download the bottom portion at this time but will keep working on the file. I may have to to take additional photo's.

    Many people have looked at it but have no idea of what it was used for. If you have a clue, please add your comments. Many thanks.

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    1. shirleywenhart shirleywenhart, 12 years ago
      i once saw a weather vane atop of an old abandoned water tower that was similar to yours.
    2. wonderfulstuff wonderfulstuff, 12 years ago
      Thank you for the comment. I think someone stuck this on the bottom part and I am very pleased that they did. Thanks again.
    3. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 12 years ago
      is the main pole solid or hollow ? If hollow is it threaded ? This looks like it could be a wheel to turn something...a flue, or a rotisserie in the kitchen. A weathervane needs something to catch the wind which this doesn't have and why would a weathervane be in the kitchen?
    4. wonderfulstuff wonderfulstuff, 12 years ago
      Please take a look at the last two photo's added they are the only two older pics that I have of the top and bottom. The item is stored in my warehouse across town.
      The main (bottom) pole is round filed off to a square on the last few inches and the pole is hollow. Since the eagle part pulls off (which would make a 3rd piece), I am not sure that the eagle was in the kitchen at the same time but I like it. Also, my magnet is only attracted to the bottom iron pole. Thanks again, Jan
    5. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 12 years ago
      The last two pictures do not allow me to enlarge them (I have no clue how to fix that). however based on what you are saying...The patina on the egale and the ring are the same suggesting they belong to the same time period and wee probably part of a unit. The square hole suggests the whole piece being used as a wrench to turn something. (Was there a square rod or protrusion that this fit over?) It is appropriate that your magnat only attract the bottom of the pole. The functional part need be steel or iron while the decorative part could be, well, more decorative! :) (copper)

      What is the age of the house ? What was the purpose of the box? Does it have vents? Moving parts? Was it near a fireplace?

    6. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 12 years ago
    7. wonderfulstuff wonderfulstuff, 12 years ago
      The house would have been 1800's. There is copper and brass parts and the bottom rod where it attaches to decorative piece has brass solder around it. I will get detailed pics of the whole unit and post one day this week. Thank you for the info and the Journal of Antiques article---very interesting. I actually thougt the bottom part was a cooking unit of some type, we guessed baking potatoes, drying out items, etc. Thanks again, I will post pics asap.
    8. straightleg straightleg, 12 years ago
      Is there any chance water pumps thru it like its part of a fountain or sprayer/sprinkler?The way you describe it sounds like plumbing to me.
    9. wonderfulstuff wonderfulstuff, 12 years ago
      No plumbing or connectors attached to it. I will keep this in mind and I appreciate your comment. Many thanks.

      I have a few links for victorian inset stoves and will add to this tomorrow.
    10. Convair Convair, 11 years ago
      I think this is a coat rack. Installed near the kitchen stove / heater/ flue you would hang your coats on this and they would either dry, or warm up just a bit. Not a lot of heat, but just a bit of residual radiant heat.

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