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Dunn's Toyland model band wagon
Large, detailed folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon
made from wood, bottle caps, and found objects. Over 4 feet long.
Zipin
Painting by Martin Zipin
Carnival slap stick
Circus clown's slap
stick/noise maker
Bird shooting gallery target
Bird shooting gallery target
Wooden dumbbell
Primitive handmade
wooden dumbbell

Dunn's Toyland model band wagonThis is a wonderful, intricate folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon, over 4 feet long. Each figure was separately made from wood and found objects, with sheet metal arms and legs, bottle caps on the horns and wheel hubs, and screw caps with sheet metal brims for hats. The figures were then mounted into the brightly painted wagon labeled "Dunn's Toyland". The horses were cut from plywood, mounted in pairs, with wood, metal and string for harness and red yarn tassels between them. They can be detached from the wagon.

We were told this was made by a Frank Dunn of Pontiac, MI. It is from the first half of the 20th c., with paint that is nicely crazed on parts of the wagon. It is 53" long by 10 1/4" wide by 15" high. The overall condition is very good, with weathered paint and some age cracks. There is some loss to the plywood bases and feet of the horses, as seen in the photos. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CHSS.   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Bird shooting gallery targetThis is a cast iron bird shooting gallery target. It is 3 3/4" long by 2 1/2" high by 1" deep, with a dark oxidized surface and faint traces of paint. From the early 1900's, it is in very good, used condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRT.   Bird shooting gallery target, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End views ... From above and below.

Wooden dumbbellThis is a heavy, hand carved wood dumbbell. Obviously a homemade piece, it could have been for exercise or used in a carnival. In any case, it was used often and has the patina and smoothness on the handle to show. The dumbbell is old, likely from the early 1900's. It has age cracks, but is still strong and in very good condition. It is about 17" long by 5" in diameter on the larger side. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CSAT.   Wooden dumbbell ... Another angle ... Two more views ... End view ... The other end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wooden dumbbell ... Two more views.

This is a oil painting on canvas by the late Martin Zipin. The subject is a carnival barker or ticket taker. It was done in the early 1960's and is in excellent condition. The overall size including the frame is 32" by 18 5/8". The size of the image is 26 1/2 by 13". The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: KPPC.   Image.

Carnival slap stickThis is a slap stick, a noise clapper used by a circus clown. It is made from two tapered boards, joined together at the handle, with a small wedge between them to make them spread slightly apart at the ends. One board is padded at the end and covered with canvas (of the kind used to make carnival knockdowns). This padded end is used to strike another clown. Two metal pieces between the boards strike to make a very loud noise with just a slight blow. This is a well-used example with a great look. The wood is painted a deep orange with a rich, slightly crazed surface. The handle is wrapped in electrical tape, with the end of the handle uncovered and unpainted, showing a rich patina and smoothness from wear. The canvas is darkened with age, sturdy and intact, with some very slight fraying on one edge. It is 25" long by 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" high at the larger end, probably from the 1940's or 50's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSAC.   Several angles of the carnival slap stick ... More views ... Closeup of the padded end ... Closeup of the handle ... End views ... With a soda can for scale ... See and hear a video of it in action.
Some much larger photos:   Several angles of the carnival slap stick ... More views ... Closeup of the padded end ... Closeup of the handle ... End views ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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