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Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel Horse 

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This striking carousel horse is a rare carving by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company

Key Features

  • This stunning carousel horse is a rare model by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company
  • This amazing horse is carved with realistic features from mane to tail
  • The cherub hiding under the saddle distinguishes this incredible piece
  • Circa 1903
  • 66" length (approx.) x 67" high; Pole: 72" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    H: 67; P: 72 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    America
One of the rarest American carousel horses on the market, this stunning equine by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) is a study in the art of wood-carving. This striking steed boasts realistic features, including a flowing mane, expressive eyes and a life-like musculature. This magnificent horse is distinguished as being one of the earliest and most beautiful forms created by PTC, one of the most respected and widely renowned carousel companies in history.

The golden age of the carousel lasted roughly from 1905 to 1925, and was effectively halted by the Great Depression. Most of the carvers and builders of American carousel menageries were German or Russian immigrants to the United States. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company (formerly E. Joy Morris) had some of the most talented of these craftsmen within its ranks. It was these masterful carvers who were responsible for the wildly creative carvings for which the company became famed, including playful saddle decorations like the cherub in this rare example. 

Circa 1903

66" length (approx.) x 67" high
Pole: 72" high

References:
Painted Ponies, 1996, William Manns, Marianne Stevens and Peggy Shank
A Pictorial History of the Carousel, 1978, Frederick Fried

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