This early model or toy was made in the form of an early 20th Century British carnival ride. Like its brother, the animal figure carousel, the carousel swing was present at the earliest amusement parks and carnivals.
The base is 16" in diameter and the revolving top portion is 19" in diameter. It stands 20: tall.
It has a turned wooden central shaft with wooden platform and wooden frame roof covered in painted canvas. There are 8 outer swings and 4 inner swings made of wire with wooden seats. It is painted in red and yellow including the canvas top. The shaft of the museum stand is 5/8" in diameter, suggesting it is either British or U.S. made. The hanging signs read "3d" the British symbol for threepence or threepenny, terminology that was lost in 1920 with a currency change.
Condition is very good. The wooden structure is sound with no repairs and one small loss to one of the applied crowns around the top. The canvas top has a tear at the center. A drilled hole in the top of the center post suggests it originally had a flag.
This is a wonderfully made and well preserved piece of early 20th Century folk art. Likely a child's gift from a loving father or grandfather.
Miniature Carousel Swing Toy