Friday, May 6, 2011

Carousel figures sell for high prices today+History+News -

Kovel antiques: Carousels figures as collectibles -
Toad Figurine
"Carousels probably were first made in the 1700s to train spear-throwers, not as enjoyable rides for children. A horseback rider would ride toward a hanging ring and try to put the spear through it. By the late 1700s in Europe, there were small, light, movable carousels that traveled from city to city. The modern carousel was introduced in the United States in the 1860s. Gustav Dentzel started a company that made carousel figures and parts."

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