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Ventilator and weathervane

Object Number: 
1938.61
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group