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C.W. Parker trotted out many a horse

My wife and I have owned our carousel horse for 25 years. Based upon marks on the hooves and belly, it was made by C.W. Parker of Leavenworth, Kan. The horse is made of a metal that does not appear to be aluminum. How old is it and does it have any antique value? S.M., Tampa It is a cast aluminum-alloy C.W. Parker carousel horse dating from around 1950. It is a jumper or galloper style horse that was used on a Parker county fair-style carousel, a portable that could be easily hauled from location to location. Parker got involved with amusements in 1882 when he bought and operated a shooting gallery. In 1898, he produced his first Jumping Horse Carry-Us-All (his play on words for carousel). He established C.W. Parker Amusement Co. in Abilene, Kan., in 1902 and moved the factory to Leavenworth in 1910.
Parker began producing cast aluminum horses in the late 1920s for his portable units. A 1950 Parker carousel with aluminum horses, manufactured by son Paul Parker, is housed at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth. Although complete Parker portable carousels with herds of metal horses are rare, individual horses are fairly common and retail for about $800 - more if they're restored and mounted for display. The horses are being reproduced in Mexico. Thanks to Marsha Schloesser of Deland for help on carousel information. Visit her at www.carouselworkshop.com. I have a platter that I inherited from my grandmother and would like to know more about it, including value. It is shaped like a lobster and measures about 14 inches by 11 inches. The green mark did not photograph well. It has three fleur de lis, the initials "JS" and the word "Germany." S.B., Tampa This lobster-shaped divided serving dish, presumably for serving lobster or other seafood, was made around the turn of the 20th century by Joseph Schachtel of Silesia, Germany. The firm was in business from 1859 to about 1920. The Schachtel factory produced all types of decorated porcelain but specialized in game sets. Porcelain used to serve seafood and fowl was decorated with fish or birds. It was very popular in the 1890s. This pink luster and gold dish would retail for about $50.

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