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ARMITAGE HERSCHELL – CAROUSEL HORSE
North Tonawanda, New York
Circa 1870 – 1900
Paint decorated wooden carved horse is retaining its original glass eyes and a real horse hair tail. It is a medium size figure for this style horse. This wonderful sculpture was fashioned in the classic carousel structural shape known as a ” Jumper.”
The carousel figure is a track machine horse, before the up & down carousels. The traveling carnival / fair ride known as a track horse carousel. The carousel horse was fastened on the end of a beam similar in construction to the spokes of a wagon wheel with a circular platform raised above the internal construction. The horse was structurally connected with metal fasteners that pivoted allowing the horse to rock back and forth as they traveled in a circle. These horses are difficult to trace to their original carousels, because of their similarity to each other , as well as, their portability to move from location to location.
The horse stands on a custom metal base. This black beauty with its wonderful painted surface would be a charming addition to anyone’s Americana Folk Art Collection.
Inventory: A-F- 3369