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Menagerie Animals


Menagerie animals were common on Dentzel carousels.


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The simple trappings are enhanced by decorative scrollwork and pinstriping.



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This Dentzel ostrich's feathers are very deeply carved; on some, the chisel marks are still crisp.



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Surface enrichment brings a piece to life.



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Here is a Dentzel cat, finished to look like aged park paint.



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The cat holds a trout in her mouth and playfully paws at anyone getting too close to her prize.



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This Dentzel Giraffe seems to be reaching for that special extra-tasty leaf.



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This detail shot shows the realistic details captured by the carving and painting.



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This E. Joy Morris company deer had original paint on the body, but the surfaces of the trappings were severely damaged. The entire carousel, which had been populated with stationary (non-jumping) figures had been refurbished by the PTC factory. All the standing legs were cut off and replaced with jumping legs, and the machinery was refitted with a jumping mechanism. You can see the awkward, graceless replacement legs on this deer.



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Here the deer's body coat of original paint has been cleaned of years of dirt and old varnish, and protected by a reversible varnish. The original colours were recorded from the damaged trappings, then the trappings were carefully stripped, and repaired. The original colours were then recreated on the repaired surfaces, and aged with an antiquing glaze to make them look old.



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The awkward jumping legs were cut off, and, using photographs of original E. Joy Morris standing deer legs, new legs were carved by master carver Ed Roth. After the new legs were glued and doweled in place, Pam carefully matched the original body paint colour, texture and surface. You can see the removed awkward jumping legs leaning on the stand.



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This Herschell Spillman kangaroo is quite a rare piece.



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