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Soldier Or Hessian Whirlgig

Origin United States, Pennsylvania
Period 19th Century
Materials Carved and polychrome-painted wood with metallic foil appliqués and sheet-metal broadax (paddle).
H. 20 in;
H. 50.8 cm;
Condition Good. One paddle termination is missing.
Creation Date Circa 1820.
Description American. Unidentified maker. Probably Pennsylvania.

This very early, highly sculptural whirligig displays an excellent original patina. The unusual mixed-media technique combines to form a stark and beautiful example of early American folk art. Whirligigs have been used for centuries. William Shakespeare in “Twelfth Night” uses a whirligig as a metaphor for “What goes around, comes around.” They were made as toys, and the American version probably originated with the very early immigrant population from the United Kingdom.
Styles / Movements Americana, Folk Art
Incollect Reference Number 102161
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