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National Carousel Association Collection

National Carousel Associate #1

This Flower Draped Jumper is a horse on the second row of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel #17. It was manufactured in 1908 as a showpiece for Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois.

This magnificent carousel has five rows, the inner four of which are all jumpers, and four elaborate chariots. Construction was supervised by master carver Leo Zoller.

National Carousel Association #2

The Parrot Horse was carved by Charles Looff in 1909. The horse is on the outside row of a three row carousel now operating at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington.

One of Looff’s finest creations, the Carousel was originally installed in Natatorium Park and moved to Riverfront Park in 1975.

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The Gypsy Queen is a Dentzel stander from the Libertyland Grand Carousel in Memphis, Tennessee. This horse is on the outside row of a three-row machine originally built by Gustov Dentzel in 1909 and restored in 1922.

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Alexander was named by the employees of the Knobels Amusement Resort, near Elysberg, Pennsylvania. In his gleaming armour, he looks like a steed Alexander The Great might have ridden into battle.

“Alexander” was crafted by Russian-immigrant woodcarver Charles Carmel, and stands on the outside row of the Grand Carousel at Knoebels.

National Carousel Association #5

Hippocampus gets its name from the Greek for horse (“hippo”) and fish (“campus”).

The swirling, twisted mane of a horse and curved, shining tale of a leaping fish meld together in this icon of Greco-Roman mythology. The Hippocampus was carved by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1905 for the carousel now residing in Kit Carson County, Burlington, Colorado.

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Centurion is a show piece, just like its home carousel in Crescent Park, in East Providence, RI. From one of the most beautiful carousels in existence, with an active pose and sparkling jewels, it looks like a horse a Roman noble might have ridden.

The gold eagle adds to the glitter of a horse already dripping in gold trappings. It was nicknamed “Centurion” in honor of the 100th anniversary of its home, originally built by Charles Looff in 1895.

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The Tassel Horse stands on the outside row of the gorgeous carousel at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company produced this carousel (PTC #47) in 1919.

This prancing beauty, with its bowed neck, looks like a parade horse with its tassels swinging and the gold fringe swaying, and is another show piece on a carousel full of show pieces.

National Carousel Association #8

Lillie Belle may be considered the most beautiful horse produced by the Parker Carousel Factory. Designed in 1914, a “Lillie Belle” was installed on all their subsequent carousels, including the 1921 C.W. Parker carousel at Jantzen Beach Super Center, in Portland Oregon.

The flowing mane, the bunch of grapes on the hip, and the jewelry on the side became the trademarks of this incredibly sculpted horse.

National Carousel Association #9

This beautifully carved Gustav Dentzel Lion features a full mane and exceptionally detailed muscles and veins. A blonde bathing beauty tugs at the mane on the romance side. Even the reverse side of this Dentzel figure has unique detailing with an unusual tufted blanket.

The lion rides the carousel in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana, along with many other unusual menagerie animals, plus 31 horses and two small chariots. It was originally carved in the Dentzel Factory in Philadelphia, PA in 1900.

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This Trojan Jumper “Commanche” was carved in 1916 at the Allan Herschell factory in Tonawanda, NY . That factory is now the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum where “Commanche” rides what is believed to be the first carousel shipped from that factory. The Trojan mane is an excellent example of the horses produced there.

With large head, chunky body, and legs gathered underneath in a gallop, Commanche exemplifies Allan Herschell carousel horses. But the rare blue eye on the romance side makes him even more special.

National Carousel Association #11

This Dappled Rose Jumper with the many flowers and flying mane is an outstanding example of the style of carving produced by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein.

From their Brooklyn-based company, they made some of the biggest carousel horses, endowed with the bony looking head, large teeth, laid back ears, and protruding rose decoration as seen on this horse.

National Carousel Assocation #12

M. C. Illions Armored Jumper, Columbus Zoo, Powell, Ohio. Marcus Illions came to America in 1888. A lifelong woodcarver, he set up his own shop in Brooklyn in 1892. He carved for Looff and later supplied William Mangels with wooden figures and moved his shop into the Mangels factory.

In the late 1980’s, Jerry Betts, formed the Columbus Carousel Fund to preserve the Illions carousel. His sudden death in 1990 slowed the fundraising. In 1992, Jim Grissinger, and Zoo Board Chairman Gil Kirk, met to rekindle Jerry’s dream. In a sense, this reproduction of the M.C. Illions armored jumper, is dedicated to the efforts of Jerry Betts, and all the others who worked so hard to make this dream come true.

For prices and ordering information, contact The Carrousel Gift Shop at 509.625.6628.