The Whirligig


it’s completely handmade, with cast iron cogs, hand carved wooden figures and the item works smoothly when the main cog is turned to animated the item. Once the main cog is turned the hand carved figure of the man moves forward to turn the main central function of the whirligig.


For sale in this LOT is a very rare and unique handmade functioning 19th Century folk-art Whirligig. The item in unique and very rare to market, it’s completely handmade, with cast iron cogs, hand carved wooden figures and the item works smoothly when the main cog is turned to animated the item. Once the main cog is turned the hand carved figure of the man moves forward to turn the main central function of the whirligig. The item still has all its original primitive handmade art features including, a moving saw, moving wooden pump, cogs, pulleys, central rope wheel, main 2 hand carved figures (one is missing its head).

In conclusion this is an original very rare to market functioning 19th Century Folk-art primitive whirligig, It’s simply a piece of art and highly desirable. We have never seen a complete item of this nature (as some figures come to market and sell for in excess of £1200 alone). This item is complete and in wonderful condition, and it works which makes it very rare and collectable.

Dimensions: H 24” x W 20” x D 20”


Item Condition

The item is completely solid and structurally sound, it shows age through wear and tear which can be seen through scratches, scuffs and faded patina to the wood. Only the main central part of this whirligig works, however the other original parts still move and are all present. The cogs show rust through age however the movement is still smooth. The wood has been lightly waxed to protect it and the item is in overall very good condition for its age.


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The House of Antiques is my first choice for finding object d’ art or rare and unusual curiosities. They were able to provide items which I am using in the feature films King Lear and Memoria Draco. Prices were very reasonable, beating other companies and delivery was fast. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.

The House of Antiques will continue to be the first company that my film company, AJF, consults for objects that are rare and difficult to find.

Memoria Draco – IMDb

Steve A

AJF Films

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