This gorgeous dappled cream and tan carousel horse with an appealing sweet face, tossing mane and real hair tail is a jumper from the "Colonel" C. W. Parker's Abilene, Kansas carousel factory. This horse is a rare transitional carving made for one of Parker's turn-of-the-century steam riding galleries. She dates from about 1900 -- before 1911, and horses of this age are very difficult to find.
We're calling this horse "Sugar." At approximately 66 inches long, she is a full size horse. Sugar is individually authenticated as genuine by a nationally recognized carousel authority, who lives in Maryland.
In 1911, Parker moved his factory to Leavenworth, Kansas and began producing very different, wildly over-styled, flamboyant horses -- the majority of Parker horses found today. Not many of the more realistic, earlier Abilene horses like Sugar were produced, and even fewer are known to exist -- here is your opportunity to own one!
CONDITION: Needs nothing! Solid and sound, carved wood with a correct hollow body. NO breaks or any "damage" other than a few very minor seam separations expected in these older wooden horses. Fully restored (an older restoration by an acclaimed carousel restoration artist from Maryland) complete with glass eyes (probably original) and a beautiful, real horse hair tail. Stand is included. IMPORTANT: The metal rod on the right hind leg is there to prevent riders from stepping on the leg and breaking it, attempting to ride the horse. The leg is solid and sound.
The display stand is included, along with a hard cover copy of the wonderful book "Art of the Carousel" by Charlotte Dinger, where similar horses are shown on page 102.
Also included is written documentation from the carousel authority mentioned above, guaranteeing the authenticity of the horse.
IMPORTANT - "SUGAR" is on display at Carousel Antique Center, 611 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 - Phone: (518) 828-9127. The price is NEGOTIABLE. The Center is open 7 days a week, and the horse is available for pick-up directly, or you can make payment and shipping arrangements directly with staff at the store. THANK YOU.
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