Pre-1911 C. W. Parker Carousel Horse
Pre-1911 C. W. Parker carousel horse jumper available at Carousel Antique Center:
This dappled cream and tan carousel horse with the sweet face, tossing mane and real hair tail was made in Abilene, KS for use on one of Parker's turn-of-the-century steam riding galleries. It is a rare transitional carving that dates from before Parker's move to Leavenworth in 1911. (Upon moving to Leavenworth, the Colonel began producing very different, wildly over-styled, flamboyant horses.) Not many of these earlier Abilene horses were produced, and even fewer are known to exist -- here is your opportunity to own one! CONDITION: Needs nothing! Solid and sound, carved wood with a correct hollow body. NO breaks or any "damage" other than a few very minor seam separations expected in these older wooden horses. Fully restored (an older restoration by an acclaimed carousel restoration artist from Maryland) complete with glass eyes (probably original) and a beautiful, real horse hair tail. Stand is included. IMPORTANT: The metal rod on the right hind leg is there to prevent riders from stepping on the leg and breaking it, attempting to ride the horse. The leg is solid and sound.
AUTHENTIC: This horse is individually authenticated as genuine by a nationally recognized carousel authority who lives in Maryland. We'll give you the paperwork at the shop. Additionally, we are including a hard cover copy of "Art of the Carousel" by Charlotte Dinger, where similar horses are shown on page 102.
Carousel Antique Center is located at 611 Warren Street, in Hudson NY. For more information please call (518) 828-9127.