Cast Iron Faces by Herschel-Spillman for sale
Item ID: 372088
The Herschel-Spillman Co., founded in 1901 in North Tonawanda, NY, was one of the few companies that designed and built custom made rides, amusements and equipment for carnivals and circuses in the late 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. Retired carousels from this company are in the collections of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, and the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY.
These extremely rare cast iron faces were probably used as decorations on a carousel or circus wagon. Each is in high relief and show vestiges of the original paint. They now have a highly desirable rust patina indicative of age and use.
Many carnival artifacts like these were discarded when the rides or equipment were "junked" and many were melted down during the metal drives of World War II. These are beautiful examples of a long lost art and age.
Female face is clearly marked "#2 / 1919" on the inside (See last photo).
Price is for the pair.
Shipping: $35 in continental US. Please contact us for international shipping rates.
Eras: 1900s - 1910s
Measurements: 30.5 x 17.8 x 10.2 CM (H x W x D) Change Unit
Condition: Fair Condition / Some Wear
Designer: Unknown designer
Address: , Cooperstown , United States
Phone: +1 607-376-2069
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