"Formal Horse" weather vane

about 1890–1900
Attributed to Rochester Iron Works

Object Place: Rochester, New Hampshire, United States


Overall: 68.6 x 91.4 x 10.8 cm (27 x 36 x 4 1/4 in.) Overall (wooden base): 6.7 x 95.3 x 23.8 cm (2 5/8 x 37 1/2 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cast iron, sheet iron

On View

Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery (Gallery 237)





Weather vane in the form of a horse, with figure in the full round, composed of five separate sections of cast iron, held together with flathead iron screws. Five sections include: 1) entire left half of the horse, including the foreleg; in full round form and the outside half of hind leg; 2) entire right half of the horse, including outside halves of the fore and hind legs; 3) inside half of right fore leg; 4) inside half of left hind leg; 5) inside half of right hind leg. The tail is cut from sheet iron, about 1/16 in. thick, and is held in place between castings 4 and 5 with the same flathead iron screws.


In the collection of the New York folk art dealer Edith Halpert of the Downtown Gallery, before March of 1954; purchased in 1954 for the Museum by the collector Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik