Lot 2280

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This carousel has been in the Wilson family since it was built in 1932 by Spillman Engineering of North Tawanda, New York. Wilson Famous Shows of Astoria, Illinois traveled the carnival circuit for over 50 years. Ray Wilson, whose father started the business in 1911, ran the traveling carnival until shortly before his passing in 1984. Ray spent the last winter of his life working on the carousel getting it ready for the next season. It was not to be. For the next 37 years, the carousel lay stored in it’s enclosed travel trailer, waiting. The family has decided to sell it as one unit rather than breaking it up for the horse value hoping that someone will restore it. The carousel is a 2 abreast unit with 20 jumpers and a chariot. The all wood, carved horses are stripped and ready for restoration. The mechanism needs a total rebuild with several castings and the main bearing broken. It is almost unheard of that a carousel comes to market with its complete history let alone in the hands of the original owners. The family will provide the new owner with vintage photographs and the history of the carousel.

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by Donley Auction Services
November 19, 2021 6:00 PM CST
Union, IL, US

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Bid Increments
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$0 $49 $5
$50 $199 $10
$200 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $2,999 $100
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 + $1,000