Horse weathervanes gained widespread fame during the mid 19th century thanks to the immense popularity of horse racing at the time. Lithograph prints of racehorses were sold as household decorations, with one of the most famous racehorses at the time - Black Hawk - serving as the inspiration for some of the most popular Currier & Ives prints of all time. Race track betting was a regular American pastime, and harness racing could be found at every agricultural fair. Racehorses were the sports stars of their day, and the public couldn’t get enough of weathervanes made in their image.
The glorious tradition of horse weathervanes continues today, with many designs that mimic classic designs of the 19th century. At Valley Forge Cupolas, we have 13 beautiful horse weathervane designs to choose from, whether you are looking to grace your barn, shed, or home with one of these beauties.