Weathervane of Lexington

46| 19th Century American

Weathervane of Lexington

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Copper and tin, 26" x 34"

$25000 - $35000

Lexington weathervane

A hollow-body copper weathervane with a cast zinc head of the Thoroughbred Lexington, attributed to the New York maker A.B. & W. T. Westervelt, dates to the last quarter of the 19th century. This example has a rich natural verdigris surface from a long tenure exposed to the elements. It has not been restored and it exhibits bullet holes. This vane, illustrated in the Westervelt 1883 catalog, titled Lexington, was almost certainly the stylistic inspiration for Kenneth Lynch’s vane of Nashua, which tops the Keeneland sales pavilion.

Bred by Dr. Elisha Warfield near Lexington, Kentucky, Lexington was by Boston, out of Alice Carneal. The winner of six of his seven starts on the track, he had even greater influence at stud. He was the most successful sire of the second half the 19th century and was the leading North American sire 16 times. A member of the inaugural class of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, his bloodline still lives on today through his daughters. Spendthrift, Hanover, Himyar, Holy Bull, Mucho Macho Man, and Tiznow are just some of his descendants.

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