Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Old Musket

 I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in Vermont.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #334?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This unique weathervane was spotted above the American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont.  We were passing through town when I saw the shiny, gilded musket above the cupola.  We "pulled a U-ey" and circled back to get a photograph.  It is the first time I've seen a weathervane with a musket! It appears to be a three dimensional musket, original to the building's construction in 1846 according to an engraving [see below].  

This building is the Robbins & Lawrence factory in Windsor, Vermont.  It was built in 1846, and recently renovations were completed in 2016 to repair damage done by Hurricane Irene in 2011.  The muskets produced here were the first to be made with precision interchangeable parts. This museum has the largest collection of machine milling tools in the United States. The Robbins & Lawrence firm was responsible for "The American System" of interchangeable parts that gave rise to the development of the precision tool-making industry.

The museum opened in 1966.  See the website below for visitor information.

The 1846 Armory (This print was made the year the factory opened in Windsor, Vermont)
The weathervane was original to the building

The American Precision Museum website:

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A visit to the American Precision Museum on YouTube:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Old Musket", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 25, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. This is just awesome, Yes I would have beat hubby to death to quickly turn around. LOL Maybe I'll see it in person one day.