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Lion Rampant Weathervane

Lion Rampant Weather Vane


Our Lion Rampant Weather Vane was originally commissioned by a lady from Scotland who had a passion for heraldry. Often referred to as the ‘king of beasts’, the lion rampant is a powerful image which traditionally symbolizes bravery, valor, strength, and royalty.

In the rampant position, the body of the lion is roughly vertical, forepaws raised to strike or to display the claws to best advantage. The lion may be depicted standing on both hind legs, braced wide apart, or on only one, with the other also raised to strike. We have made several versions of this design in sizes ranging from a small (one-foot) sculpture piece to be displayed on a desk, to a magnificent six-foot version, mounted on the roof of a palatial home. The size you select depends on where you wish to display it. A small version of the Lion Rampant Weather Vane also displays well on a deck railing, or small structure such as a wishing well or garden shed. The six-foot version sits atop a 17,000 square foot home with a third story tower.

For the six-foot version our customer specified optional gold leafing on the entire weather vane and translucent topaz colored eyes. Customers can choose from a selection of translucent glass jewels for the eye color for their lion. Gilded weathervanes look spectacular in the sunlight, but are at their most beautiful around dusk when the sky has begun to darken and the gold takes on a soft luminous glow.

We now have versions of our Lion Rampant Weather Vane on homes, barns, and gazebos, and in gardens in Washington, Utah, and North Carolina. There is one on a bed and breakfast in Massachusetts, and numerous others up and down our home state of California. We also have made several Lion Rampant Weathervanes for customers in Europe.

Because our weathervanes are each custom made, customers ordering this Lion Rampant specify the banner of their choice. We have made the Lion Rampant Weather Vane bearing the Flag of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, the Cross of St. George, the national flag of England, the flag of Cologne and even a version with the Belgian Flag! Our customers can also have words or symbols from heraldry gilded onto their flag. Call us to arrange for the specifics of your flag, and the positioning of your lion.

Many have opted for optional gold and/or palladium leaf on their sculpture piece. Other possible options for gilding are the Fleur de Lys, and/or the lion’s mane, claws and tail sections. Or we can gild the entire weathervane, as shown. Customers can pick and choose among these selections to arrive at the combination that works best for them.