This is a whimsical whirligig made & signed by ALVIN L. I used to live for a time in the St. Louis area and came up Mr.Hall and his yard of whirligigs with a FOR SALE sign on his fence. He and his wife were retired and moving to Florida and he could not take his hobby whirligigs. This Man Riding a Horse was made in 1977 and is typical of his personal style. The length of this whirligig is 24" and the wooden propellers are 14" across. The metal tail of the whirligig measures 10" x 5&1/2".
The man is nicely carved and is 8" from his boots to his hat top and the horse is 9" long. Hall showed me his little backyard workshop shed where he worked with simple hand tools to make his wind machines. NOTICE how when the wind moves the propeller, it is attached to a metal shaft which then is bent so it goes in a rotation and since it is loosely attached to the horse's mouth area, the head goes up and down and then since the rider has his metal wire halter attached to the horses head, he also moves his head up and down. This American folk art whirligig is in mild weathered condition but is part of the charm.
It works perfectly and has no issues. I will create packaging that will be able to protect the piece during transport. Vintage 1977 FOLK ART Carved & Painted WHIRLIGIG/Man On Horse/ALVIN HALL" is in sale since Wednesday, November 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives".The seller is "artistvoodoo" and is located in Willimantic, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.