The Mermaid with Clamshell Weather Vane is one of our earliest mermaid designs. She can be fabricated in copper or a combination of copper and brass. Pictured here, she has optional gold-leaf applied to her hair, the fish portion of her body and the clamshell. Other options would be to gold-leaf her upper torso and face, leaving the fish portion of her body copper. Since each weathervane is made to order, you are welcome to pick and choose among these selections to arrive at the combination you prefer.
You also get to select the eye color for your mermaid as well as choose ‘lucky’ pennies to go inside the sculpture piece. Including ‘lucky’ pennies in a weathervane is a century-old good luck tradition. Just before soldering shut the final seam on the weathervane, the craftsman places a copper penny from the year the weather vane was made, along with any optional pennies you might want included, inside the weathervane. We offer our customers the opportunity to pick special pennies to go inside their weather vanes based on important years in their lives. This is especially nice when the weathervane is meant as a birthday, anniversary or even retirement gift.
West Coast Weather Vanes offers several different Mermaid weathervanes. We also welcome commissions so if you don’t see the perfect mermaid among our offerings, please feel free to contact us and we will work with you to make your vision a reality.
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and torso of a human female and the tail of a fish. Much like Sirens, mermaids in stories sometimes sing to sailors and enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing them to fall overboard or shipwreck their vessel. They are also said to take sailors and fisherfolk down to their underwater kingdoms. In the very well known fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, a young mermaid willingly gives up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and win the love of a human prince.