Kiddieland carousel taking center stage in Nov. 16 auction

Auction offers three vintage carousels, a 1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a rare complete 1880s soda fountain and pharmacy interior, and more

UNION, Ill. – Donley Auctions is presenting a memorable one-night auction featuring 300 one-of-a-kind items, including the Kiddieland carousel and an intact 1880s soda fountain and pharmacy interior on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at Donley’s Wild West Town, 8512 South Union Road, Union, Ill. A “first look” preview party will be presented on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m., also to be held at Donley’s. Viewing will also take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. until the start of the auction.

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The Kiddieland carousel is just one of three carousels offered in Donleyi Auctions’ Nov. 16 sale in Union, Ill.
Photo courtesy Donley Auctions/Dennis Towndrow

Other featured items include two other one-of-a-kind carousels, a 1917 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a 1907 two-cylinder Horseless Carriage Automobile, a 1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible (one of only 30 known of its kind), a 1932 Buick coupe, a Steinway reproducing baby grand piano, leaded glass windows from Bogenrief Studios, and antique restored pedal cars.

Also up for auction is arcade equipment, nickelodeons, antique phonographs, music boxes, juke boxes, and paper and tin advertising. The event conveniently takes place the same weekend as the Chicagoland Advertising, Slot Machine & Jukebox Show being held at the Pheasant Run Hotel, only 30 minutes from the auction site.

The carousel from Kiddieland, the “PTC 72,” was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, which was the largest producer of carousels and roller coasters in the world. It was the last carousel that the company would make. While the 50-foot-diameter carousel will not be moved to the auction site for presentation at the auction, the carousel’s signature horses will be on full display at the event. The “Kiddieland carousel” with 48 hand-carved horses, is the only carousel in the world with 16 signed animals, all of which have the company’s logo carefully carved into the animal structures.


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The 1890s Mt. Washington Soda Fountain and Pharmacy interior from Haverhill, Mass., is a significant piece of American history. The complete interior boasts all of the original displays, walls, drawer pulls and artisan leaded glass fixtures. The pharmacy, which was in business until 1984, was painstakingly disassembled piece by piece. The soda fountain portion of the interior features a polished marble counter and original marble syrup fountain produced by Lippincott Co., an early innovator in soda fountain manufacturing. This piece is a prime example of originality and completeness.

The auction will also feature an 1880s Hershell-Spillman Steam Carousel, one of the first carousels ever made. The machine appeals to many, as it attracts steam collectors, train enthusiasts, and, of course, carousel lovers. This 1880s steam carousel has 24 horses with two chariots and the original steam engine that came from the factory. “Not only did the steam engine provide power for the carousel, but it was also the advertising vehicle,” says Daniel Horenberger from Brass Ring Entertainment, a renowned carousel expert. “Literally, the engine would ride through town with horse and driver to alert the folks that the carousel was in town.”

Horenberger, who restores antique carousels, will make a new top for the carousel, specifically for the auction. This model is the first carousel to have a spinning top. Before this model was created, the early track machines ran under a stationary tent.

Also being auctioned is a solar carousel. This is the only self-sustaining, solar-powered carousel in the country. The amazing all-white carousel is powered by solar panels and is lit up by colorful TETRA Contour LED lights. The model is completely portable and traveled all over the country to promote solar energy. The 1940s Allan Herschell Carousel runs on clean energy and was painted all white to illustrate this point. Both the steam and solar-powered carousels will be on full display and running at the high profile auction.

To learn more about Donley Auctions, call 815-790-9435.

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