J. Howard & Co.
J. Howard & Co, one of the earliest factory weather vane makers was located in West Bridgewater, Massachussetts during the mid 19th century. The Howard factory was small and owned and operated by Charles Howard, J. Howard (Johnathan (1806-1889) and for a brief period his son, John Williams Howard (1836-1865) Howard vanes are easily identified by the use of cast zinc for the entire front end of the form. In 1868 the company was purchased by H.L. Washburn & Company. Howard vanes are regarded as some of the most beautiful of the factory made weathervanes of the 19th century.