born ca. 1851

Carousel Horse

Date: ca. late 1800s

Many a Shenandoah Valley child once rode this charming fellow! He was one of eight horses on a traveling carousel that operated at fairs and Confederate Veterans' Reunions throughout the Shenandoah County in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tradition holds that James Sheetz, listed as a 29 - year - old carpenter in the 1880 county census, made this horse. Others likely aided him in the effort. The horse's pine body is hollow. Its neck and head are separate and feature an applied mane, ears, and forelock. His eyes are glass marbles, and his hooves sport wooden shoes affixed with nails.

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Medium: Yellow pine, glass, horsehair

Dimensions: H: 50 x L: 44 in.

Place: Shenandoah County, Virginia

Accession: 2007.0014

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Carousel , Horse , Confederate , Shenandoah