Rare Map and Exceptional Running Horse Weathervane


Paired together, these items represent a fine opportunity to our discriminating collectors of metal works and rare Americana.

Exceptional, 44″ Monumental Running Horse Weathervane, New York City, circa 1892

Molded copper, cast brass, magnificent original patina of worn gilt and verdigris, in unrestored as found condition with highly desirable early “in use” solder repairs to openings in seams, a few minor old dents, 31 x 44 x 5 inches

“Nelson” was a nationally famous record setting trotter in the 1890s. This exact model is pictured in the 1892 J. L. Mott catalog on page 13, describes as “Plate 19-Q. Nelson. Full-bodied.” It was originally sold for an impressive $90.

This is finest example of this form that we have ever handled.

A Midwestern private collection.

Rare or Unique Watercolor Map of “The J. L. Mott Ironworks,” Mott-Haven, Westchester County, N.Y.

New York, circa 1880-1900. Ink and watercolor on paper, 14 x 16 ¾ inches, in a black painted frame

One of the best-known and respected American foundries, The J. L. Mott Ironworks was founded in 1828 by Jordan Mott, and over the years produced a variety of ornamental cast and molded metal products that included fountains, vases, garden furniture, statuary, and molded copper weathervanes and finials. The Mott factory depicted on this map closed in 1902 and its operations were moved to Trenton, New Jersey as reported in The New York Times, July 7, 1902.

This is the only map of this kind representing the factory of a major nineteenth century American weathervane manufacturer known to us.

Collection of Allan L. Daniel

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