Here is an early example of an advertising whirligig. Made of wood with a metal shaft, the propellor draws attention to the message painted on the large tail section. It measures 26" long and 22 1/2" tall, overall. The sail, or advertising piece is 12 3/4" long and 7" tall. The propellor diameter is 14".
The whirligig is in an early green wash. The advertising (faint) reads, "Neponset Horse Shoe Nails" and "Hot Forged," and "Easy to Drive". The center of the design is an oval with a horse's head in the middle. Other copy is too faint to read. We found this in Massachusetts and believe it to be from eastern Mass. as the Neponset river is located there.
The shaft and metal brackets are smith=made. The rear end of the shaft looks to have had something attached which is missing. The base has been added to facilitate display. It is rare to find early whirligigs with the advertising still intact