Carousel Frog, Herschell Spillman
Herschell Spillman. American, Country Fair Style. Somewhat obviously, carousel frogs are extremely rare. Although there seems to be no record of precisely how many were ever carved, two things were certain: 1. Herschell Spillman of North Tonowanda, New York was the only studio to create them (around 1914), and 2. they did not create very many. Interestingly, the frog is the only carousel animal known to wear human apparel. A frog similar to this one is pictured on pages 70/71 of "The Carousel Animal" by Tobin Fraley. Another frog is featured on page 89 of Charlotte Dinger's "Art of the Carousel". A frog similar to this one is an exciting part of the historic carousel at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. 40" X 42". Park paint.