Miniature Carousel Builders Corner

This month's example of beautiful carousel art was constructed by Charles Gerstenberger and painted by his wife, Ruth, of Ohio. The Gerstenbergers are members of the Miniature Carrousel Builders organization and their carousel was displayed in the MCB Exhibit at the Valley Mall, Hagerstown, MD in the summer of 2002 . These photos were taken at that time.

This carousel was built in 1998 and was under construction for 14 months. This is the first of two carousels built by Charles.


  • Base: 3l" x 31"
  • Carousel: 37" Diameter, 24" Height
  • Eight sweeps, three rows
  • Brass rope posts


This Carnival Type Carousel was hand-made except for the ceramic animals. The two outside rows of *"jumpers" are operated by over-head cranks. Featured is a menagerie of 24 animals, two hand-made chariots and 150 lights. Charles' wife, Ruth, painted the animals, and designed the rounding board which includes beaded mirrors. Also, Ruth made the cloth covered top, and some of the clothes for the people riding the animals. The riders include Miniature Cabbage Patch Dolls. The picture board features a photograph of a dog formerly owned by the Gerstenbergers, as well as postcards.

The Gertstenbergers have displayed their carousels in Local and National Farm Toy Shows throughout Ohio.

*Jumpers are animals that go up and down.

Be sure to consult our Buyer's Guide & Fakes Database before purchasing a carousel figure. Each day, more and more knock-offs come on the market. Some look old but looks can be deceiving. Become an informed buyer.

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