The Swallowtailed Banner is one of the weather vane designs brought over
from England with the colonists. It closely resembles a Medieval cloth banner
having a birdlike tail (hence the name), with the addition of an arrow point.
As the wind blows the streamerlike tail, the point turns to face the wind. Old
time New Englanders sometimes call this one "long johns", because the
tails look like a pair of long johns hung on a pole in a stiff wind.
Three well-known historic Boston weathervanes have influenced our adaptation: the banner on the Old State House, the banner on Boston's second Town House, and the banner on Old North Christ Church. The Old North banner was made by Shem Drowne (famous for his grasshopper vane atop Boston's Faneuil Hall) with later additions of scrolls and cardinals by Edward Lack. Both Old North Church and its vane were copied from Sir Christopher Wren's St. James Church in Picadilly, built after the Great Fire of London.
"Like the Wren-style churches they crown, swallow-tailed vanes became widely popular in New England." Myrna Kaye, "Yankee Weathervanes", 1975
24" wide - $650
30" wide - $750
36" wide - $900
48" wide - $1,100
Larger Sizes Available
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
(Old Diagram #1)
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
(Old Diagram #4)
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" brass 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.
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