This whirligig has great form and color. The lady in the bathing suit has been nicely carved and painted. On the base she stands 16 1/2" tall, 7" wide at the shoulders and 3" deep. The surface looks original in un-touched blue, yellow, black, red and white.
The base is a later addition as there is evidence she originally was mounted on a shaft. We also note that the arms are loosely attached with individual pegs and not attached to a common through shaft as would be needed for the arms to spin. Also, the paddles at the end of the arms are fixed parallel to each other rather than splayed to catch the wind. We suspect that she was never meant to function as a working whirligig which would also help explain her unweathered condition. The two-piece bathing suit suggests she was carved in the later part of the first half of the 20th century.
Item ID: FR0338
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