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Weathervanes have been around for many centuries and they continue to serve both a functional purpose and a decorative purpose in today's culture

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Always used to show from which way the wind is blowing, weathervanes have what are called "directionals" under the rotating figure to show North, South, East and West (N,S,E,W).

Weathervanes today are usually made of copper, aluminum or coated steel.  Copper and brass directionals can withstand the elements and will last for many years without deteriorating.  Copper may start out shiny and polished, like a new penny, but it doesn't take long for it to begin tarnishing and after years, gaining a greenish color referred to as a "patina".

David Lane
Country Weathervanes®