From the latter half of the 19th century, this beautifully proportioned iron vane graced the spire of the United Baptist Church in Ellsworth, Maine. In 1933, a major fire swept through the town, burning many of the buildings, including the church. When the church was finally rebuilt, the council wanted a more modern look, and stored the vane in the basement, where it remained for the next 70 years or so. A picture of the vane on top of the church is shown below.
The design of the vane is fantastic, with a wonderfully shaped arrow head, and a large crossbar and cut-out motif on the banner itself. The vane is 41" long and 48 1/2" high to the top of the spiked ball.
This is a strong, major piece of ironwork, Although it sustained paint loss, and subsequent surface rust, due to the fire, it is structurally as sound as ever, and the losses do not at all detract from its visual impact and importance.