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Treasure hunt: September 18, 2014


09/18/14
By Donna Welch



 Dear Donna,


Can you tell me what this is? We are thinking it was from a weather vane, but it’s very heavy. Anything you can tell us would be helpful.

Carl from Manchester
 
 
Dear Carl,
What you have is an awesome windmill weight. You’re right, though — it does look like it could be the west sign of a weather vane.  
Windmill weights have been around for a very long time and are still made today, including reproduced versions of the antique ones. I am not so familiar with how they actually work, but I do know they were meant as a counter balance.
Lots of the older ones would break off and then be reused as doorstops or garden implements. So even though they are not very common, they really are still around. Antique ones are very collectible and, as with everything, the design, form and condition set the prices. I have seen some in the four-digit range. 
Be very careful for reproductions — they will be out there selling for high prices but shouldn’t be. I would think that what you have is not a reproduction. It looks like a nice form and the condition looks great as well. The casting is what usually gives away a newer-made one. Your casting looks great.
As far as value goes, I would say your form would be in the value range of $400-$700 — so you have a nice piece of iron there. 
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).





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