FRANK HOLT AND JANE KALLIR
was a weathervane manufacturer located in Waltham, Massachusetts, between 1867 and 1933. In 1867 civil engineer Leonard W. Cushing (d. 1907) and mechanic Stillman White (dates unknown) acquired the Waltham weathervane company of A.L. Jewell & Co., following the accidental death of its owner, Alvin L. Jewell (d. 1867). White and Cushing had met while employed by a Waltham watch company, but the partnership was short-lived, and Cushing bought out White in 1872, and was joined by his sons Harry (dates unknown) and Charles Cushing (dates unknown). A twenty-page "Catalogue No. 9," published by L.W. Cushing & Sons in 1883, includes designs for the angel Gabriel, a grasshopper, an English setter dog, numerous roosters, a foxhound, and a fox. The catalog guaranteed that the vanes were "gilded with twenty-three karat gold leaf…will not corrode or discolor, but remain
Goat Weathervane; Produced by L.W. Cushing & Sons; Waltham, Massachusetts; c. 1875. Gilded copper. 29½ inches long.
Photo courtesy Allan Katz, Americana, Woodbridge, Connecticut.