The Dentzel Carousel Company, Ringling Bros., and Barnum & Bailey Memorabilia Offered in Circus and Sideshow AuctionApr 30, 2022 10:00 CDT
Potter & Potter Auctions will feature various items from the Dentzel Carousel Company, Ringling Bros., and Barnum & Bailey in an upcoming sale. Although appearing in amusement parks and at county fairs across the United States during the mid-19th century, Gustav Dentzel is credited for the rise in popularity of the platform carousel after founding the Dentzel Carousel Company in 1867. Potter & Potter Auctions will offer several Dentzel Carousel Company wooden animals, including an 1885 horse from Pennsylvania’s famous Dover Dentzel carousel at Brookside Park. This horse was made for the outside row. It is shown in a neighing position and features a carved and painted matching saddle and bridle.
After the 1919 merger of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey popularized the traveling circus across the United States, the sideshow attraction began billing itself as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” A 1909 Barnum & Bailey Circus Giant Rhinoceros poster will also be available in the Circus, Sideshow, and Oddities auction. Other items include a 1911 Tilden Park merry-go-round panel, a 20th-century musical Turkish magician automaton, and a Hobo the Bum fortune teller vendor. View the entire collection and register to bid by visiting Potter & Potter Auctions.
Lot Categories:Collectibles (616)
# of Lots:616
Price Range:$150 - $40,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Dover Dentzel Carousel Horse. Philadelphia: G.A. Dentzel Company, ca. 1885|| Estimate: |
|Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round Panel. North Tonawanda, NY: Herschell Spillman Co., ca. 1911|| Estimate: |
|Musical Turkish Magician Automaton. Switzerland, 20th century|| Estimate: |
|Barnum & Bailey Circus - Giant Rhinoceros. 1909|| Estimate: |
|Star Tobacco - The Leading Brand of the World. 1894|| Estimate: |
|Exhibit Supply Co. Hobo the Bum Fortune Teller Vendor. Chicago, 1958/66|| Estimate: |