Unusual weathervanes have been a staple in America since our country’s infancy. Americans created unique and whimsical weathervane designs to highlight their hobbies, jobs, or locations, or to celebrate achievements or famous athletes. From the world’s most famous biplane to Colonel Sanders, unusual weathervanes run the gamut from historical to humorous. Here is a look at some of our favorite unusual weathervanes from our catalog:
Recall the good-ole-days when doctors still made house calls with this quaint Country Doctor weathervane. A symbol of loving care, this comforting weathervane is at home on any cottage or farmhouse.
The perfect addition to any roof or cupola, this friendly dragon promises not to breathe fire on any of your guests. For an extra layer of uniqueness you can choose a patina finish, making it reminiscent of the gargoyles that stand guard over vast rooflines.
This picturesque copper lighthouse - with accompanying cottage - is the perfect size for a smaller home. Whether you live by the shore or just admire the unique beauty of lighthouses, this weathervane is the perfect addition to your home.
Witches aren’t just for Halloween! Riding her broom side-saddle, this proper witch is ready to sail gracefully over your garden, deck, or yard.
This magnificent, 3D weathervane features the happiest, chunkiest pig around - you can almost hear his happy grunts! This pleasant porker would look marvelous atop a barn or large farmhouse.
Embrace your love of fishing by adding this unique weathervane to your roof or cupola. The waves and bent road bring the weathervane to life, and you feel as though any minute you’ll see the fisherman scoop up his catch with the net!
Put your love of vintage motorcycles on display with this weathervane. The perfect topper for a garage, it combines the epitome of technology, craftsmanship, and Americana.
Show off your refined taste with this sophisticated design. Each compass point features a martini glass, and the shaker rotates in the wind to ensure no one goes thirsty.
What could be a more patriotic display than an eagle and American flag weathervane? The stars and stripes proudly wave, seeming to stream from the majestic eagle’s head to create the sensation of flight.
If you are looking for an unusual weathervane that will bring you joy every time you see it, Chef Pig is ready to deliver. This adorable weathervane is a unique and humorous addition to any roofline.
If you are looking for an unusual weathervane with unbeatable craftsmanship, call Valley Forge Weathervanes and Cupolas today! We love matching our customers with the perfect weathervane that will bring enjoyment for years to come. You can reach us at 866-400-1776.
With the weather turning warmer - at last! - we can once again get outside and enjoy our yards and gardens. Whether you are starting a new garden this year or lovingly tending to established plants, a garden weathervane would be the perfect addition to your flowered retreat. From riotous flower gardens to stately vegetable gardens, we have the garden weathervane to fit your style and tastes! Here are some of our suggestions for the perfect garden weathervane!
Garden Weathervanes for You to Love
Is your garden overflowing with vibrant, attractive flowers and equally colorful birds? Celebrate these nimble fliers with one of our elegant hummingbird weathervanes.
Do you love soaking up the sun during the day or gazing at the stars at night? Display your love of all things celestial with our sun or moon weathervanes.
Are graceful grape arbors adorning your garden, or do you enjoy a quiet glass of wine in your private retreat? This unique wine bottle weathervane features a cluster of grapes and a wine glass on each compass point.
Does your garden feel like an otherworldly retreat? Embrace whimsy and magic with our fairy or flying pig weathervanes.
Secluded gardens entice wildlife to venture inside, allowing you to observe these beautiful wild creatures. We have a wide variety of animal weathervanes available - from moose and bears to rabbits and elephants - so you can display your favorite animal in your garden.
Speaking of favorite animals, who could forget man’s best friend? Whether playing fetch or laying in the sun with you, dogs add joy to any garden. With our dog weathervanes, a metal edifice of your faithful hound can keep eternal watch over you.
Do you have a prayer or reflection garden? A place of quiet meditation and renewal? Add to the peace and tranquility of your garden with our angel or cross weathervanes.
If you are a fan of classic designs, the traditional rooster weathervane is perfect for your garden. Thanks to a 9th-century papal edict, the rooster has remained one of the most popular weathervane designs for centuries. We have several designs to choose from to reflect your personal taste and style.
Garden Weathervanes and Accessories from Valley Forge Cupolas
If you are looking for beautiful, durable garden weathervanes, call Valley Forge Cupolas today! We can help pair you with the perfect weathervane and provide all the accessories you need, from roof and wall mounts to garden poles and display stands. Our weathervanes are easy to assemble and guaranteed to bring joy for years to come. Call us at 866-400-1776 to order your garden weathervane today!
Did you know that one of the most important airplanes of World War I never saw combat? The Curtiss JN-4 - often referred to as the “Jenny” - is arguably the most important airplane in aviation history, but many people aren’t aware of its fascinating history. At Valley Forge Cupolas, our airplane weathervane pays homage to this marvelous plane that helped launch commercial flight.
From Pilot Training to Barnstorming: the History of the Jenny
During World War I, the US Army Air Service bought thousands of Curtiss JN-4s in order to train pilots. The plane had a very rudimentary design, consisting of two seats (one for the instructor and one for the student), two fixed wheels, and a wooden tail skid. The biplane could hit 75 mph and reach an altitude of 11,000 feet, and could stay airborne for just over two hours. The Army chose the Jenny for training because the plane was mass-produced, making it easy for the manufacturer to meet wartime demand.
But it wasn’t until the war ended that the Jenny saw widespread popularity. The government sold hundreds of surplus JN-4s for $300 (roughly $4,130 today), flooding the market. Thousands of pilots learned to fly in a Jenny, including Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. The nimble Jennys gave birth to barnstorming, a form of entertainment in which stunt pilots performed tricks, both individually and in groups called flying circuses. Pilots toured the country, performing tricks or offering rides to paying customers, making the Jenny the first plane many Americans ever saw.
The Jenny was famous for firsts. It was the first plane to carry mail for the US Postal Service, and was also the first plane to successfully communicate plane-to-plane and ground-to-plane via radiotelephony. The removable deck behind the cockpits allowed for conversion to a stretcher, helping the Jenny to become the first aerial ambulance.
Bring History Home with the Jenny Airplane Weathervane
If you are a history or aviation buff, our airplane weathervane will make the perfect addition to your home or garden! It’s gleaming, polished copper finish catches the eye and fires up the imagination. Whether topping off a cupola, adorning your roof or shed, or even keeping watch over your garden, this exquisite airplane weathervane is sure to draw attention and admiration. Built from durable copper, this weathervane will be enjoyed for decades to come. Call us today at 866-400-1776 to make the Jenny part of your home!
Copper has been used in architecture for thousands of years, from ancient Egypt to medieval Europe to modern roofing. Along with its alloys, brass and bronze, copper is commonly used on roofs and ornamental fixtures to add beauty, charm, and elegance to a structure. An easy way to add this gorgeous metal to your home is with copper finials for cupolas. The perfect finishing touch to any cupola, our handcrafted finials add a dash of European flair to your home.
Celebrate Copper with Fantastic Finials
Copper is a marvelous metal, able to form and hold complex shapes while maintaining durability and strength. It is also corrosion resistant, withstanding the elements for decades on end. The natural patina copper develops over time creates a protective shell over the metal, helping it resist further corrosion. That is why finials gradually transitioned from being made of stone to being fashioned from copper.
Finials saw a resurgence in popularity during the Victorian and Gothic eras, and modern designs are still heavily influenced by the finials of that period. Victorian finials were heavily influenced by royal designs - such as the fleur de lis - and designs based on Arthurian legend were also extremely popular. These are a few favorite finial designs, but you can view all the designs on our finials page.
The Gawain finial is one of our Arthurian-inspired designs. One of the famed Knights of the Round Table, Gawain’s exploits can be found in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Pearl Poet. This beautiful finial - available in two heights - is fashioned to resemble a knight’s lance, its point gracefully piercing the sky as it adds Old World charm to your home.
Morgana - better known as Morgan le Fay - is the infamous fairy queen and sorceress of Arthurian legend. This finial captures her mysterious charm with a graceful design befitting such a powerful lady.
Finials abound in the historic city of Boston. Inspired by these classic designs, the Bostonian features a simple, elegant ball and spire design. It is available in polished copper, patina (verdigris), and black (matte or gloss).
Our Smithsonian Collection is inspired by the museum of the same name. This particular finial features an ornate ball and delicately tapered spire sure to inspire wonder, just like the museum exhibits.
Order Copper Finials for Cupolas Today!
If you are looking for the perfect focal point for your home, look no further than our copper finials for cupolas. Call us at 866-400-1776 to add one of these beautiful finials to your home!
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