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A MOLDED AND GILT-COPPER MASSASOIT INDIAN WEATHERVANE
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A MOLDED AND GILT-COPPER MASSASOIT INDIAN WEATHERVANE

ATTRIBUTED TO J. HARRIS & CO. (W. 1868-1882) OR W. A. SNOW COMPANY (W. 1883-1940), BOSTON, 1875-1900

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A MOLDED AND GILT-COPPER MASSASOIT INDIAN WEATHERVANE
ATTRIBUTED TO J. HARRIS & CO. (W. 1868-1882) OR W. A. SNOW COMPANY (W. 1883-1940), BOSTON, 1875-1900
30 in. high, 32 in. wide
Provenance
Sold Sotheby's, New York, Selections from the American Folk Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Marcus, 14 October 1989, lot 18
Exhibited
Aspen Colorado, Aspen Art Museum, November 1983-February 1984.
Boca Raton, Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Ritter Art Gallery, Two Centuries of American Folk Art: 19th & 20th Century Masterworks from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Marcus, (Exhibition sponsored by Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Florida), March 1-April 7, 1984.
Vero Beach, Florida, Florida Center for the Arts, Two Centuries of American Folk Art: 19th & 20th Century Masterworks from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Marcus, September 7-November 16, 1986.
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Named after Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoag tribe whose assistance enabled the survival of the Pilgrim settlers in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, the model for this weathervane was derived from a larger vane depicting the Massachusetts state seal made by J. Harris & Co. in 1875 for the Old State House in Boston. Thereafter, this standing figure model was produced by the company for sale to the public and after 1883, continued to by made by the W. A. Snow Company, which had acquired the molds of the Harris company. The model appears in the J. Harris & Co. 1878 illustrated catalogue as no. 13 and at the time the 30-inch model retailed for $40.   

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