Rare Folk Art Original One Off Metal B-17 Bomber Weathervane – Mounted on Cast Iron Vintage Stand.
For sale in this lot is an amazing one off handmade and painted huge metal copper sheets, wood and cast iron B-17 Bomber Decorative weathervane statue. This item is made from scratch buy an old service man who had this item mounted in his garden as a weathervane, a very unique and highly decorative item that looks amazing in the flesh due to its size and very primitive and folk art style of construction. The plane has a complete hand carved wooden frame as the structure and is then covered with a thin copper metal sheet material and shaped perfectly to fit. It has thick plastic windows and even (non-working) light fittings as you would expect from the original plane spec. The cockpit and rear cabin section of the plane have very crude yet quirky handmade / painted characters sitting in them which is super cool. The plane has 4 movable propellers and wonderfully painted sections including the camouflage effect as shown in the photos provided. The item was meant to display as an external decorative weathervane originally and it actually works perfectly, the item rotated in the wind and also the propellers move accordingly. Quite simply this is a wonderful piece of true folk art. This item comes with a cast iron 9ft cast iron stand as shown in the photos provided. The item itself is in one piece and structurally sound.
This is a vintage item and from its look I would estimate circa 1960s, therefore it shown age and wear. This is shown in damage to the copper sheets, breaks across the plane (nose, wings, dents, and fading of paint). However the item is in one piece and the worn, damaged look in my opinion is what attracted us to the item in the first place. As it sits 8 feet on its stand it really looks like it’s been in the wars and still flying, a very charming and decorative look. Please view all of the close up pictures as provided. Viewing in person is strongly advised, so please get in touch before purchase of submitting an offer.
Quite simply a great decorative and super rare folk art item, I’ve never seen one before and I can assure you, you won’t find another on like it. .
Size: L 80” x W 60” x H 90”
Collection in person or UK courier only due to size and weight.
NOTE: Our preferred courier can be supplied at buyers cost and dependent upon your location (price range between £50 and £70) so please get in touch before bidding or purchase.