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Carousel Animals

I grew up at the New Jersey shore, less than a block from the beach. On the small boardwalk at the end of the street was a Victorian Carousel. I called it a Merry-Go-Round and it was magic. There were horses with elaborately carved saddles, festooned with garlands of flowers. But there were also tabby cats with birds in their mouths, zebras and giraffes, ostriches and tigers, lions, bears and pigs. Even as a child I was inspired by the beauty of these carved and wonderfully painted wooden beasts.

Whenever I could collect enough change (either from chores or the sofa cushions) I would run down to take a few spins. After 100 years the carousel was eventually doomed by the value of the animals. They were by Dentzel, each one a work of art worth thousands of dollars.

The carousel is still there, but now the children ride crudely painted horses made of fiberglass. My animals are an attempt to honor the memory of an era that has passed.

Victorian Rocking Horse

Dappled rocking horse cast in metal on wooden runners. Silk mane and tail, leather saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 4 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 3 in.

$175.00

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Lion

A lion cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels and brass stirrups.

L: 2.75 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2 in.

$150.00

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Panda Bear

A panda bear cast in metal on wooden platform. Leather saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 2 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 1.5 in.

$150.00

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Rooster

A rooster cast in metal on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels and brass stirrups.

L: 1.75 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.5 in.

$150.00

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Rabbit

A rabbit cast in metal on wooden runners. Molded saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 3 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.75 in.

$150.00

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Singing Baby Pig

A Piglet cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Molded saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 2.25 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2 in.

$150.00

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Baby Potbelly Pig

A Piglet cast in metal on wooden runners. Molded saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 2 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 1.5 in.

$150.00

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Rocking Cat

A tabby cat cast in metal on wooden runners. Molded saddle with brass stirrups.

L: 3 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.5 in.

$150.00

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Hippopotamus

A hippo cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels, and brass stirrups.

L: 2.5 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 1.5 in.

$150.00

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Rocking Giraffe

A giraffe completely cast in metal with brass stirrups.

L: 2.5 in.
W: 0.75 in.
H: 3.5 in.

$100.00

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Tiger

A tiger cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels, and brass stirrups.

L: 3 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.5 in.

$150.00

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Dappled Shetland Pony

A dappled shetland pony cast in metal on wooden runners. Leather saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 2.25 in.
W: 0.75 in.
H: 1.75 in.

$65.00

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Chestnut Shetland Pony

A chestnut shetland pony cast in metal on wooden runners. Leather saddle and brass stirrups.

L: 2.25 in.
W: 0.75 in.
H: 1.75 in.

$65.00

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Leopard

A leopard cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels, and brass stirrups.

L: 3 in.
W: 1.25 in.
H: 1.75 in.

$150.00

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Buckskin Horse

A small buckskin horse on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels, and brass stirrups.

L: 2 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.25 in.

$150.00

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Zebra

A zebra cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels, and brass stirrups.

L: 2.25 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.5 in.

$150.00

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Polar Bear

A polar bear cast in metal on wooden runners. Leather saddle with brass stirrups.

L: 3 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2 in.

$150.00

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Large Elephant

An elephant cast in polymer on a wooden platform. Leather saddle, metal wheels, and brass stirrups

L: 2.25 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 2.25 in.

$150.00

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Baby Elephant

A baby African elephant cast in metal on a wooden platform with metal wheels.

L: 1.25 in.
W: 1 in.
H: 1.25 in.

$60.00

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