Weathering the Storm
An Antique Weathervane
Fifteen years ago, Susan Stacy was hunting for antiques in the Berkshires when she came across this copper weathervane at the Splendid Peasant, a now-defunct Sheffield gallery teeming with vintage wares and American folk art. Roughly 3 feet wide, the aged piece stood tall on a metal rod in the gallery’s backyard, where it was displayed as a garden ornament. Stacy knew right away that she wanted it for her home. “I love the simplicity of the shape,” she says, “and the fact that it has an ‘S’ and a ‘T,’”—the letters on its face form the initials of her and her husband Tom’s first names.
The weathervane now rules the roost in Stacy’s white-walled living room, where it sits upon a custom metal stand that she commissioned for it. “It’s an outside piece that I’ve brought inside,” she says, noting that it appeals to her eclectic design sense. “I look at it, and it makes me happy.”