This rare carousel crown face of a woman was originally molded during the restoration of a 1915 Herschell-Spillman carousel in the mid seventy's, (to replace missing pieces). The carousel was built by the Herschell-Spillman Merry-go-round Company of Tonawanda, New York in 1915. It first operated in Louisville, Kentucky and later spent time (1957 to 1975) at an amusement park in Dayton, Ohio. The restored carousel operated for more then twenty years on the famous Monterey, California "Steinbecks Cannery row". The carousel is now in private collection in a Las Vegas estate.

This carousel "grape lady" has a very beautifully painted and aged bronze finish. This new piece is hand cast, hand painted, and is made of plaster measuring 17 x 13 inches. The weight is about twelve pounds. These pieces will be cast on a limited basis. This is a very rare and unusual piece. The carousel's built by Herschell-Spillman were all one of a kind with unique hand carved figures, horses and decorations.

The Allan Herschell Company, founded in 1915 in North Tonawanda, New York, was the fourth in a series of companies in the community which manufactured carousels and other amusement park rides. Allan Herschell had previously been a partner in the earliest of the area's carousel firms: the Armitage Herschell Company in 1873, and later with
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