This is a head from a game manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company named Charlie's Hat. Several different heads were mounted in the round on wooden rods which rotated. Each head had a hat on it and the object was to knock the hat off the head and you win the hat. The heads were carved differently and also painted individually. Some that we have seen are even in "park paint" which means they were repainted by park employees when the original paint wore off. The heads are life size, so the size of a normal head. The heads are actually hand carved from blocks of wood glued together in the same manner that most carousel animals were carved. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company was one of the premier carousel manufactures in America.
The game is from the later part of the 1800's but there is not a whole lot of information on the history of the game and how many were produced and sold. This particular head came from the Holtz family of Olcott, NY. They owned an amusement park in Olcott, NY. which was a successful vacation spot along Lake Ontario in the late 1800's and early 1900's...
This particular head is long and thin, has an old fashioned black beard and hair, being partially bald, a hook nose and a tan color with highlights. It is original paint with some touch ups. The head itself is: 8 1/2" from tip of the nose to the back of the head and 13" high from the cut off of the neck to the top of the head and 6" wide. Overall the head on the stand is 16 1/2" tall.
The paint is original with old touch ups and has a wonderful old surface. We have mounted the head on an iron folk art stand that is a round plate 12" in diameter.
Pictured also is the collection of Charlie's Hat heads from the Holtz family and Savannah the Rottweiler our helper.