Antique Carousel Horses
Antique Carousel Horses are wooden carved horses which were once part of a fairground carousel.
Brief history and description
Although antique carousel horses were once used in amusement parks between the 1880s and 1920s, today these horses are considered to be folk art items among antique collectors.
Antique carousel horses were generally carved from small blocks of wood (such as green basswood or poplar) which were then laminated or glued together, while the horses' heads, bodies and legs were carved separately and joined together afterwards.
Larger carousel horses are often crafted to look as if they are standing (with three or four legs down on the platform), while smaller carousel horses are crafted to look as if they are prancing or jumping (with two legs down on the platform).
Some of the most popular manufacturers of carousel horses include Stein & Goldstein, Allan Herschell, D. C. Muller, M.C. Illions and C.W. Parker.
Guide for collectors
Allan Herschell's wooden carousel horses which feature Indian artwork near the saddles as well as children-sized French Parade carousel horses are both considered to be rare. Antique wooden carousel horses (with hollow bodies) are considered to be the most valuable, but not necessarily rare.
Restoration of an antique carousel horse is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage.
For more information regarding antique carousel horses, visit My Carousel's official website or Carousel Classics.
Priddy's Auction Galleries, Inc. in Denver, Colorado sold a Stein & Goldstein carousel horse for $5,000 in May of 2007.
Butterscotch Auction Gallery in Pound Ridge, New York sold a Charles Loof-style carousel horse for $7,500 in February of 2006.
Red Baron Antiques in Atlanta, Georgia sold an aluminum Allan-Herschell carousel horse for $600 in December of 2011.
Burley Auction Group in New Braunfels, Texas sold a bright blue carousel horse with glass eyes and a hollow body for $2,100 in
January of 2010.
Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers in Houston, Texas sold a painted iron carousel horse for $275 in February of 2011.
Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold an antique porcelain carousel horse for $20 in June of 2008.