Decorative Collectibles: Weather Vanes and Lightning Rods
Lightning rods, weather vanes once a crowning glory are making a comeback as decorative collectibles
Weather vane collector Hardin Cox (left). This grasshopper is one of Hardin Cox's original creations. More than 20 years ago, he carved a weather vane in the shape of a peanut for Jimmy Carter. That vane was featured in "Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents," an exhibition at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and in a catalog accompanying the exhibition.
Vanes from the collection of Gary Schroller, Randolph, Kan.
Harden Cox's collection includes such pieces as a primitive, hand-made vane featuring a rudder made from a tin can lid.