C8 Horse Carousel

The making of this Horse Carousel tin toy was inspired by the history of early carousels that goes back as far as the 12th century where the word ‘carousel’ described combat preparation exercise or medieval jousting game played by Arabian horsemen.

By the 17th century, the game became popular among commoners in Europe and early make-believe carousels were set up with wooden horses for children. Before long, carousels were being built and operated in various fairs and are later also known as roundabout, hurdy gurdy or most commonly used, merry-go-round rides that we know of today.

The ‘seats’ are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gears to simulate galloping, similar to how this toy works when wound up.

Packaging: Comes in a box and wind up key.