The item still functions amazingly, with movement of the cast iron wheel which animates the housed figures that move a metal rod back and forth, in turn 2 figures on a seesaw go up and down and finally a pair of figures which saw a block of wood.
We are proud to offer a unique example of an early 20th century handcrafted scratch built English whirligig. Made from sectioned pine, hand painting with a lovely aged, crackled surface, cast iron rods and cogs, with 6 animated ebonised hand carved male figures. Lots of age across this lovely object, which still has all its original pole section at its base and mechanism in place. A true bit of English folk art in its untouched form.
Size in inches: H 9” x W 21” x D 10”
Period: Early 20th Century
Material: Pine/cast iron
Condition: Aged / still functioning
Completely solid in structure and form, fading across all its aged surface with a deep patination. Some old repairs to the figures to keep them in places and the pair of the seesaw have missing arms. Metal sections covered in rust due to being outside all its life. A section of the roof has broken but these faults just add to the character we feel. Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas in this piece, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections are unclear to avoid disappointment.
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What Our Customers Say
Sourcing new and outstanding props is quite a challenge these days, especially when you’re looking for something that is not only highly decorative but also fits into a director’s frame of mind.
The House of Antiques have some of the most outstanding and visually stimulating antiques and artifacts I have seen. After speaking to their team I was quickly reassured that they not only got what I was looking for but that they also understood the brief regarding our new production. They packed and shipped our items not only safely but on time for our first screen test. A highly professional and reliable team, highly recommended and very cool setup.J Thompson
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