Percival Mayweather And Sasha

          Just across Wagner Cove on Terrace Drive is the statue known as The Falconer. This magnificent bronze creation is an exact likeness of one of Manhattan’s most colorful residents, Percival Mayweather.  

     Percival Mayweather (1823-1873) was a very wealthy upper east side eccentric well known for his penchant for wearing long outdated Elizabethan era clothing. Mayweather caused quite a stir in the business community in 1852 when he briefly gave power of attorney over his vast fortune to a roast beef sandwich.

     Peculiar behavior aside, Percival Mayweather was one of the greatest falconers in the United States, and was often seen around the newly opened Central park showing off his skilled hunting birds. So well trained were Percival’s falcons, they would not only kill their prey, they would return with the meat from the carcasses neatly packaged in wax paper, and the pelts woven into fine winter hats .

     In the spring of 1870 Mayweather shocked the bluebloods of Manhattan by announcing  his engagement to his most prized falcon Sasha, a gorgeous 5 year old Peregrine Falcon he had personally hand raised from a chick.

     Members of Percival’s inner circle believed marriage would be a mistake: Mayweather was a human being and Sasha had been engaged before, but against all protests the two were married during a civil ceremony at Mayweather mansion on May 3, 1870. Archbishop John Cardinal McCloskey decried the marriage as an abomination against everything God and the church stood for, but begrudgingly admitted the reception was quite lovely.

     Despite the whispers that their union was doomed, Percival and Sasha were very happy together, spending many a day in the park hunting for small game and chatting lovingly along the shores of Wagner Cove.

     Sadly in 1873 Percival Mayweather died of blood poisoning  after a bizarre medical experiment which involved replacing all of his blood with poison.  A heartbroken Sasha retired to a large oak tree in Nyack New York, but not before commissioning a statue of her beloved husband to be erected, and in 1875 The Falconer was unveiled on a rock overlooking Wagner Cove.  

     Sasha would often return to the statue, leaving  freshly killed and neatly wrapped carcasses at the foot of the statue for her beloved Percy.  

     She never remarried.


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