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Seahorses Weathervane – With Clamshell

Seahorse Weather Vane with Clamshell (Hippocampus)


The Seahorse Weather Vane, Hippocampus, pictured here consists of two handmade copper Seahorses with translucent glass jewels for eyes, a copper or brass arrow tip and fletching with clamshell.

Many of our customers opt for optional gold leaf on this weathervane. Popular choices are to gild the clamshell, the arrow tip and fletching. Alternately, we could gild the two seahorses and leave the clamshell in natural copper. One customer had us gild the seashell and then lightly sand the gold to give the clamshell a variegated appearance.

When I looked through our orders for this particular weathervane, I noticed that almost every seahorse weathervane we’ve made here at West Coast Weather Vanes was given as a gift, most typically in celebration of a special birthday. With the century old tradition of including ‘lucky’ pennies inside a weathervane, we were able to include specific pennies from the year(s) special to the gift recipient. One other interesting, but not unexpected, fact about our Seahorse weathervanes is that every one we’ve made so far has ended up in a coastal town on either side of the continent.

Seahorses are any species of fish belonging to the genus Hippocampus, which, in turn, belongs to the family Syngnathidae, which also includes pipefish and leafy sea dragons. These interesting fish demarcate territories, with males staying in about one square meter of their habitat while females range about one hundred times that area. They bob around in seagrass meadows, mangrove stands, and coral reefs where they are camouflaged by murky brown and grey patterns that blend into the sea grass backgrounds. During social moments or in unusual surroundings, seahorses turn bright colors.