Greyhounds are speedy sighthounds traditionally used for hunting or coursing – overtaking and turning – deer and rabbits. Greyhound racing, with which the breed is primarily associated today, did not develop until the 1920s.
Howard advertised a “swelled” (three-dimensional) “Grey Hound” in its wholesale price list and offered the vane for $16. Although it does not carry Howard’s stamp, this vane’s elegant form and emblematic cast zinc and molded copper construction identify it as one of the company’s products.
This is the only Howard hound known in original condition and one of the most impressive and appealing American dog vanes.