Lot #: 1193 Sold:  November 10, 2007, $55,000.00

laminated hollow body, separate neck and head with applied carved flowing mane, ears and forelock, open mouth with incised teeth, flaring nostrils, and glass swirl-marble eyes, the raised front legs with carved wood shoes nailed to the hooves, the rear legs extend to the ground. Outfitted with carved and paint decorated trappings. Lacking original floating saddle, the genuine horsehair tail is a replacement. Mounted on a contemporary iron pole

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Attributed to James W. Sheetz, Shenandoah Co., VA
Fourth quarter 19th century
50" h, 44" long
Outstanding condition with an excellent old dry surface, the body was repainted in the 1920s with a thin coat of black paint over the original flaking black paint, minor losses to the ear tips and the off-side eye, otherwise only minimal chipping and wear
Purchased circa 1920 at the Sheetz family auction near Edinburg, VA, by Albert Mayberry McClanahan (1869-1947) of Powell's Fort (Ft. Valley), Shenandoah Co., for his first son, 2-year old Albert Leo McClanahan (1918-1967).
By family descent to the present owner
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Published: {{Folk and Decorative Art of the Shenandoah Valley}}, The Shenandoah Valley Folklore Society, front cover and p. 83
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Exhibited: "Virginia Folk Art," a companion exhibit to the MAFA's "Southern Folk Art" exhibit, The Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA, July 17 - August 30, 1986
Catalog Notes:
This horse is one of eight originally from a traveling carousel that operated at various fairs and Confederate Veterans Reunions throughout Shenandoah Co. during the fourth quarter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tradition indicates that the carousel, which also featured four sleigh-like benches behind each pair of horses, was built and/or assembled by James W. Sheetz. Sheetz is listed in the 1880 Shenandoah Co. census as a 29-year old carpenter living in the Stonewall District. The Sheetz family has a long history of carpentry work and cabinetmaking in Shenandoah Co.
Accompanying this lot is a copy of an early 20th century photo of the disassembled carousel being moved by two horse-drawn wagons from the Fisher's Hill picnic grounds to a UCV reunion at Hamburg. The photo was taken on Woodstock's Main Street and the carousel's horses are clearly visible
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