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Merry-Go-Round Model

ca. 1890-1900 Unidentified (American) metal, muslin hide, on pine base 18 x 18 1/2 in. (45.7 x 47 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Edith Gregor Halpert 1966.91 Not currently on view

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The mechanical merry-go-round appeared in 1850, when a patent was issued for the system that made the horses go up and down. Merry-go-rounds were very popular from the late nineteenth century until the Great Depression, and at one time, New York’s Coney Island offered twenty-four steam-driven carousels. This toy shows a cow and a goat along with the more traditional horses.


Animal - cattle

Animal - horse

Architecture - commercial - recreation

Study - sculpture model

decorative arts

folk art


wood - pine