Ventilator and weathervane

Ventilator and weathervane
Title
Ventilator and weathervane
Date 
1825-1875
Medium 
Iron, tin
Dimensions 
Overall: 30 3/4 x 26 1/2 x 13 in. ( 78.1 x 67.3 x 33 cm )
Description 
Tinned sheet iron ventilator in the form of a cylinder with rectangular section cut from side, internal cross bracing, and slightly domed top; surmounted by horizontal figure of the angel Gabriel in silhouette, with circular fin-like element joined to the angel's elbow and to top of ventilator.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number 
1938.61
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this object was used on an old barn near Goshen, New York. It could also have been located above a chimney, on top of a rod on which it revolved. In this case, it would have been used to prevent downdrafts, and to allow smoke to escape from the chimney. The Gabriel figure and the paddle-shaped piece would have served to rotate the ventilator so that smoke could escape through the opening.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group