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It is probably the banners which flew from medieval towers in Britain, Normandy and Germany which are the precursors to our modern weather vanes. The word "vane" actually comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "fane", meaning "flag". Originally, fabric pennants would show the archers the direction of the wind. Later, the cloth flags were replaced by metal ones, decorated with the insignia or coat of arms of the lord or nobleman, and balanced to turn in the wind. From these antecedents come the…

from Country Living

Antique Weather Vanes

A richly detailed c. 1870 copper rooster, complete with a ball-and-arrow base, rests on a plain modern stand. The original mount would have been custom-fitted to the roof on which the rooster formerly perched.

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from allposters.com

A Colorful Mermaid-Shaped Weather Vane

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from Prodigal Pieces

Repurposed Farmhouse Metal Art

Repurposed Wood and Metal Faux Weather Vane by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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