This late 19th-century weathervane is a full-bodied horse with a cast zinc head and a sulky driver with cast head and boots. It was made by Fiske & Co. The 45-inch-long vane cost more than $18,000. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

This late 19th-century weathervane is a full-bodied horse with a cast zinc head and a sulky driver with cast head and boots. It was made by Fiske & Co. The 45-inch-long vane cost more than $18,000. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

The art and science of weathervanes

They told the direction of the wind and aided in forecasting the, well, weather.

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