Carousel Horses, Carousel Animals, Carousel Figures and Carousel
Sandy Paul and Gary Franklin
- phone: 978-534-4538 -
987-3 - Looff - $10,500 - (Time payments available)
Circa 1891 outside row stander from the Charles Looff carousel factory
in Brooklyn, NY. Likely from a New England area carousel, this example
of Charles Looff's distinctive early style is mounted on a rocking stand
befitting its employment - post carousel - as a treasured feature in the
WalkOver Shoes Workers' Social Club in Brockton, MA and later, until the
1960's, as a star attraction in the company's main store in the Campello
section of the city. Presenting in old paint, the large horse carries
a saddle having a volute cantle on which appears the head of a bearded
gentleman, the whole resting on a fringed saddle blanket. Carved fringe
and glass jewels appear on the breast band, shoulder straps and breeching.
Serpentine mane tendrils cascade down the erect neck and an unusually
long forelock falls over the face. Glass eyes and natural horsehair tail.
Note the lettering "WALKOVER SHOE STORE" painted on the breast.
The horse measures 50 long x 59 high, 48 chest to rump. Total measurement
including stand is 60 long x 66 high x 20 deep.