It's the Ox Weathervane! Set at $135,000, it is priced at over $100,000 higher than the next priciest piece in the group. It is available on 1st Dibs from Jeffrey Tillou Antiques. Here is the scoop:
• Ox Weathervane
• 19th century
• Attributed to Howard & Co., Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
• Ca. 1854-67.
• The imposing size suggests that this Ox Weathervane was made on commission for a large barn. It is perhaps the largest example by Howard & Co. known to date. It is an exceptional piece based on its sculptural form, size, and virtually untouched condition.
• Full body copper, sheet copper ears (front portion), wrought iron support bar. The tail has been reattached with minor areas of re-soldering, minor re-soldering to the seam of the front right foot. Surface is original, showing some traces of yellow sizing or paint. the weathervane is in a remarkable state of preservation.
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