L.Hooghuys 57-key Band Organ
One of only four 57-key L. Hooghuy known to exist. This is the only one in the USA.
Includes lots of original music with many new books factory cut by Marc Hooghuys. One of the most raucous organs ever made – this is a real show stopper everywhere it goes. Restored in the 1980s.
Ca. 1910 “Military” Muller
From master-carver, Daniel Muller, D. C. Muller Bro., Philadelphia. Outside row stander. From world-class collection.
This historic 1922 carousel is a beautiful antique machine, with 38 animals as well as a spinning “lover’s” tub, a chariot, and some rare factory options. This may be the only carousel with these options in the world!
In addition to the Spillman Eng. spinning “lovers” tub, there are 2 rows of special animals, including small jumping horses for the very young. These animals are in rows of 4 horses, only half the size of the full-size horses, and they only jump half as high as the normal animals.
The carousel has a 40-foot diameter platform and is restored and ready for immediate indoor installation. The beautiful trim art, rounding boards and center panels, the lights and signage complete this machine, brought back to the glory of the early 1920s when it was built.
Ca. 1900-1910 M. C. Illions Lion
This rare feline carousel figure is one of just a few known M.C. Illions carved carousel lions. Illions would stop carving all menagerie with the advent of the jumping mechanism.
Beautiful older restoration in excellent condition.
According to the book Painted Ponies, ”A half dozen Illions lions have survived.”
Ca. 1902 Original Gypsy Wagon built by William Wright
Possibly the best original antique gypsy wagon you could find
Owned by the prestigious Lees Gypsy Family, the wealthiest in Great Britain in the 1900s.
The wagon was bought by Joanna Hearst Castro, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, in 1984. Ms. Hearst had the wagon completely restored (1984-’86). Then, for the past 3 decades, the wagon was part of Joanna Hearst’s famous property “la Caprichosa” in Sevilla, Spain. Many crowned heads and some of the wealthiest people around the world were happy to contemplate this magnificent wagon during the well known “fiestas” at la Caprichosa that were organized around it.
After the death of Ms. Hearst at the end of 2011, and the sale of the fantastic Hearst property in Spain, Hacienda La Caprichosa, Sevilla, this legendary wagon was passed on to owners in the south of France, and the now the new owner has decided to put it on the market.
This museum piece resides currently in safe and secure storage in France and is ready to go anywhere in the world. Many interior and other photos available.
Serious inquiries only, please.
Philadelphia Toboggan Company PTC #72 Rare 1925 “Signature” PTC Carousel
3-Rows • 48 Horses and Two Chariots
Built in 1925, PTC carousel #72 carried the nickname “Philtobco”. The nicknames given to machines at the factory presumably distinguished them by style in addition to their numbers for chronology. Although there is nothing specific in the PTC archives to tell us why this one machine was loaded with 16 signature figures, the machine’s nickname of “Philtobco” is certainly fitting as this is certainly a signature carousel.
Currently in storage
Philadelphia Toboggan Company shows 87 numbered carousels on record. Approximately 12 of those machines were known to be returned to the shop, re-configured, and sent back out with new numbers, so in actuality, PTC carved about 75 machines.Approximately 33 of these machines remain operating today or in known storage. It is thought that PTC may
have carved as many as eight portable machines, though only three of these are known of today.
The only PTC portable that you can currently ride is the 1917 PTC #45 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA. The second portable known to exist in modern times is #34 which was broken up and sold at auction in 1986. The last remaining portable is PTC #28, built in 1914, which goes up for auction on Feb. 12 in Orlando, FL.
According to auctioneer Dave Norton, 40 of the 42 original horses will be part of the auction when the machine sells as a complete unit. There will be no bidding on individual figures.
PTC records show that the Strates Shows acquired the machine for their traveling carnival in 1946. James Strates, now 78, recalls the machine as a kid, so Strates may have owned the ride longer. The portable merrygo-round, with its factory wagon mounted center pole, traveled the Eastern Seaboard with the Strates Shows for over four decades finally being replaced by a modern double-decker machine in 1988 The machine has been in storage at Strates’ Florida home base ever since. At some point in time, the intricately-carved wooden horses were coated in fiberglass to protect them from the wear and tear of the traveling carnival. PTC #28 AT THE STRATES SHOWS PTC #28, shown above and below, with the traveling Strates Shows in the 1940s and 1950s.
Carousel Horses in Stained Glass
Commissioned by Marianne Stevens over 40 years ago.
This 10 1/2′ foot custom stained glass window panel was the back drop of Marianne’s studio for many years.
Circa 1905 Dentzel Bear Jumper
In running stance. Open mouth. Rare figure.
Wood restoration by John Hughes. Paint by Lise Liepman.
52 x 12 x 30 in
Ca. 1890s Sea Horse Bicycle
Rare, hand-made, golden fantasy sea-theme bicycle.
From display at San Francisco’s world-famous Sutro’s Baths and adjacent Cliff House. Said to be one of just eight or 10 made.
HAND-CRAFTED LOOFF-STYLE MINIATURE MENAGERIE CAROUSEL
Looff-style Miniature Carousel – Glass Box Enclosure
Fully operational hand-made miniature fashioned after the historic Playland/Children’s Museum Looff menagerie carousel in San Francisco.
Includes the Operating Manual complete with Schematic Diagrams.
Ca 1912 M.C. Illions Sword Stander
Outside row with reverse windswept mane and partial fish-scale armor and two eagles. Older professional restoration.
56 x 65.5 x 11 in
E. Joy Morris Stander
Peek-a-boo mane with double parrot backed saddle.
Paint restoration by Pam Hessey.
Circa 1920 Allan Herschell Kiddie Carousel
Fully Restored With Custom Menagerie
Historic Replica Carvings
2 Row • 20 Animals, 2 Chariots
Illions and Heyn-style horses, Bayol-replica rabbits and donkeys, Heyn replica zebras and Devos-style cow make up the “best of” kiddie menagerie.
PORTABLE: 20′ Diameter Platform – 3/4″ solid oak floor
The center pole and all other mechanics are trailer mounted
Steel and cast iron fencing with solid brass half-round railing on each fencing panel.
Booth also included.
Art Deco Theater Ticket Booth/Bar
1930s – American Manufactured Antique
Rescued from an aging theater location and restored, this unique Art Deco booth has spent the last few years in a Hollywood prop house, and has been featured in many period films. It can make a terrific home theater bar or display. The sides are stainless steel, and show signs of period age. The upper portion of decorative elements are molded and painted fiberglass. The interior is nicely finished and lit. These booths are quite rare to find on the marketplace, as most have been destroyed or preserved in place.
Condition: Minor creasing in stainless steel areas.
Measurements: 6’4″ H x 6’6″ W x 5″ L
1920 Philadelphia Toboggan Company, PTC #53
4-Row Carousel with 68 horses
Currently in storage – Ready for restoration.
This huge four-row, all horse carousel first operated in Rittersville, PA, from 1020-1950 at Central Park. From there the historic carousel moved to Tampa, Florida, where it was the center of attention at the Super Test Oil Company gas station and roadside amusement attraction. The 53rd carousel built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, this merry-go-round has 68 horses jumping and standing and two chariots on a large four-row platform, all surrounded by detailed and artful trim from the inside out.
Military Band Organ
All original facade.
Recently restored inside and out.
Barrango 2-Row Deluxe Menagerie Carousel
22 Animals – 20 Jumpers • 1 Chariot
32′ Diameter Platform • Wood Floor
Deluxe Ceiling, Housing & Trim
12 Horses – • 2 Cats
2 Rabbits • 2 Ostriches
2 Giraffes • 1 Chariot
1990. Used. Great Condition.