Weather vanes elevated to folk art in Jasper52 Americana auction

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Eagle weather vane with original directional mounted on a large painted pedestal, found in New England, copper body, 19th century, 48in x 29in x 29in. Estimate: $2,250-$7,450.


NEW YORK – Figural weather vanes top the list of prized items in an Americana auction being conducted online by Jasper 52 on Sunday, Feb. 12. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Handcrafted tramp art boxes, bird decoys, outsider art sculptures and wooden game boards are just a few of the historical treasures in this sale.

A 19th century weather vane (above) in the form of a full-body eagle, having a wingspan of 29 inches and standing 48 inches high, will cap off the 120-lot auction.

Running into the wind is a late 19th century horse weather vane with an original milk glass ball attached (below). It displays on a custom-made cast-iron stand.


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Painted copper and iron weather vane, circa: 1880-1895, 29in high x 27in wide x 4 in deep. Estimate: $1,195-$2,450. Jaasper52 image


At 35 inches in length the date “1896” is visible on a banner-style weather vane, even when mounted on a rooftop. The surface of the copper vane has rich verdigris.


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Copper banner weather vane, circa 1896, 35in x 12in including stand. Estimate: $1,200-$1,600. Jasper52 image


A unique example of 20th century outsider art in the auction is a pair of sandstone carvings depicting an Indian maiden and chief. Ohioan Ernest “Popeye” Reed (1919-1985) was widely known for his stone carvings. A carpenter and cabinetmaker by trade, Reed started selling his carvings to tourists by the roadside in the 1960s.


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‘Popeye’ Reed (Ohio, 1919-1985) carved sandstone Indian chief and maiden, 13in x 6 3/4in x 4in (chief). Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Jasper52 image


Several painted game boards are included in the sale, including a double-sided example for playing Chinese checkers and conventional checkers. This handmade board dates to the late 1800s and has an undisturbed finish.


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Painted wood game board, double-sided, 1880-1900, 24in x 24in x 2in. Estimate: $895-$1,650. Jasper52image


A life-size carving of a curlew shore bird from the 1940s is one of several decoys in the auction.


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Curlew shore bird carving, cork body, 1940s, 17.5in high with stand. Estimate: $1,000-$1,200. Jasper52 image