Thistlethwaite Americana | Ewe or Sheep Weathervane
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Americana Batch #1-10
Americana Batch #1-9Americana Batch #1-8

Ewe or Sheep Weathervane

L. W. Cushing & Co.

Waltham, MA

Circa 1870-1890


22″ H; 17.5″ W


In 1865 Leonard Cushing, a civil engineer, worked in Providence, Rhode Island. Stillman White worked for him as a machinist. They purchased the A. L. Jewell & Co. in Waltham, MA. Although neither man knew anything about making weathervanes they jumped in at the auction and bought the equipment, molds, and designs and formed the company they called Cushing and White. In 1870 White left the firm and it became known as L. W. Cushing & Co.  Ewe or sheep weathervanes are incredibly rare.  This particular example likely dates from a period of 1870-1890.  


WHY WE LOVE IT: You often see horses and cows as weathervanes, but a sheep is exceedingly rare.  This molded weathervane has a great three-dimensional quality that is enhanced by the repousse work in the coat.