Our Dove weather vane is a swell-bodied figure with outspread wings, and an olive branch in its beak. As you can see from the photos, the olive branch can be gilded with gold leaf for a bright accent against the sky. This lovely Dove of Peace weather vane is also called the Mount Vernon Dove, for it is styled after the original dove weather vane on George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia. In 1787, he commissioned Joseph Rakestraw of Philadelphia to craft a dove vane of copper with iron strips, gilded with gold leaf. At the end of the Revolutionary War, President Washington chose the dove figure because it is the international symbol of peace. Now the estate is protected and maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union, Mount Vernon, VA. The original dove weather vane is displayed in the new education & museum complex, and a reproduction takes its place atop the mansion's cupola.
Ornament is 30" long x 25" high
Complete weathervane will stand about 3' - 3 1/2' above roof
(add $150 to gild the Olive Branch as shown above right)
This style was popular from the 1700's right up to the Victorian era, and is also very striking with contemporary vanes.
Diagram A - Headblock only
Traditional mounting of a weather vane into the solid headblock of a cupola, tower, turret or gazebo, or into the ridgepole of a roof.
This is the "old fashioned" traditional way of mounting a weather
vane. It is still suitable today for smaller vanes up to 36" wide. Our
basic 28 1/2" rod allows for at least 8" - 9" of rod to be
wedged and caulked into a solid headblock or ridgepole, and 16" - 20"
of rod exposed above the apex of roof.
Diagram B - Headblock & Brace
A preferred traditional mount into the solid headblock of a cupola, tower, turret or gazebo, or into the ridgepole of a roof using a brace for extra strength.
Prepare your roof ahead with this headblock and brace system, for an easy and very secure mount. This mount is suitable for any size weather vane. Our basic 28 1/2" rod allows for at least 8" - 9"of rod inside the roof, and 16" - 20" of rod exposed above the apex of the roof. A nail is used to pin the rod to the brace. Larger sized vanes will need proportionally heavier and longer rods.
(yes anything) including: size, shape etc.
Just consider it a custom design.
Call Al or Beth at 870-204-4791
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