Folk art Aunt Sally

The objective of the attraction would have been to through wooden balls at the face from a distance, specifically aiming for the eyes. Ones hit the eyes would push back releasing an internal mechanism that would push forward a large leather tongue and ringing a bell at the base of the figure.


Early 20th Century Folk art Aunt Sally Carnival Figure

We are proud to offer a unique early 20th Century folk art scratch built English Carnival Aunt Sally Figure, life size construction and an exceedingly rare example of its kind. Made from sectioned wooden construction and found objects this highly sculptural form would have in its day been used as an amusement game. This mechanism still works rarely enough if somewhat stiff due to its age and years of use. It now functions with you physically pushing in the eyes in simultaneously which releases the mechanism. The rear of the hand carved head come of to reveal an internal metal mechanism as shown in the photos provided. Made using hand carved wood, detachable arms, and section carved rear head sections, brass and metal material for the functioning bell movement which is all crudely constructed firmly onto a wooden crate. This item was luckily uncovered in a barn find from a large country home in Hampshire early this month. A complete one-off example with remanence of its original paint in areas, now a highly sculptural form and wonderful original piece of English folk art carnival history.

Dimensions in inches: H 56” x W 17” x D 12”

Origin: English

Age:1920 – 1940

Material: Wood and metal

Item Condition

This item is completely solid in structure and form, aged patina with weathering has taken place across all its surfaces, with aged wooden sections, rust across its metal sections and obvious weathering due to its age and years of previous use. This item is authentic and true to the date, is an item that has age across all its section, with structural breaks this item stands firm and strong as a decorative object. Please review all the photos provided as part of this advert.



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