Faneuil Hall grasshopper weathervane by danapommet ()
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The gilded grasshopper weather vane on top of Bostons Faneuil Hall was created by Deacon Shem Drowne, a well known Boston coppersmith, in 1742. Gilded with gold leaf, the copper weather vane weighs eighty pounds (36.4 kg) and is four feet (122 cm) long. The weather vane is believed to be modeled after the grasshopper weather vane on the London Royal Exchange, based upon the family crest of London's Thomas Gresham. The historic grasshopper was stolen, or vane-napped, in 1974, and was thankfully repaired and returned to its home a few months later. When I was a kid, there was a rumor that there were important papers sealed inside the grasshopper,a sort of time capsule. But alas, after it was 'vane napped' the rumor was found untrue. Some info from the CelebrateBoston web site. Photo taken September 15th 2010.
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Image Comments (18)
bimm3d () 10:24PM | Tue, 16 November 2010
brr!! nice!! i think we have VLAD TEPES, but you have too!! :)
Faemike55 () 10:48PM | Tue, 16 November 2010
Ah, Grasshopper! Soon you will face the winds of time and many challenges. but before you do, you must snatch this pebble from my hand. Excellent capture and great narrative of its history
jayfar () 2:50AM | Wed, 17 November 2010
Lovely vane, never seen one like that before and a great story.
KnightWolverine () 9:34AM | Wed, 17 November 2010
In my life time to date i have seen just about everything mounted on a weather vain except for a grasshopper....lol..1st for me....Nice capture Dana! -=Will=-
jendellas () 10:22AM | Wed, 17 November 2010
How on earth did they vane nap the grasshopper, its a long way up. Great info!!!
mariogiannecchini () 3:25PM | Wed, 17 November 2010
Excellent capture and great narrative of its history
Erestorfan () 4:11PM | Wed, 17 November 2010
Ah, a Boston landmark! I haven't been to Boston in about 15 years...and only live about an hour away, LOL. My hubby hates cities and will keep far away from them when he can...so Boston usually isn't on our calendar.
goodoleboy () 8:37PM | Wed, 17 November 2010
TEEErific capture of the clever and whimsical weather vane against the lightly cloudy sky, Dana.