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Miniature Carousel Builders Corner

This month's feature is a beautiful example of carousel art submitted by Lucille Christophel, Pennsylvania, a member of the Miniature Carousel Builders, Inc. She displayed the carousel in the MCB Exhibit in Maryland last year and some of these photos were taken at that time. Her late husband, Tom Christophel, carved an historical and unique carousel with a Civil War theme. Tom, a talented carver, had completed other works such as a cane containing the words of the Gettysburg Address, and another cane, containing the Lord's Prayer. Tom was a member of the MCB, Inc. until his death in 1995.

The carousel was built in 1994 and took approximately one year to complete. (Jerry Defenderfer, co-founder and former MCB president, built the mechanism for Tom.)


  • Base: 36" Diameter
  • Carousel: 30" Diameter, 27" Height
  • Twelve sweeps, three rows
  • Pit Type Carousel


This carousel has a bass wood hand carved menagerie of 32 animals, and two chariots adorned with Lady Liberty and the bald eagle. The middle and inside rows of animals are jumpers and the ten animals on the outside row are stationery. The carousel displays 150 lights.


The following paraphrased information was taken from THE CAROUSEL NEWS AND TRADER, SEPT. 1994, VOL. 10, NO. 9:

Tom used cherry wood for the rounding board to carve in relief, the heads of Civil War generals who fought at Gettysburg such as Reynolds, Hancock, Longstreet, Meade, Pickette, and Lee; as well as cavalry soldier, Jeb Stuart; Jennie Wade, the only civilian to be killed during the battle of Gettysburg; and John Burns, a civilian who fought with the Union Army. Also, Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan (born in PA), a farmhouse and water pump where General Robert E. Lee stopped enroute to Gettysburg, Martins Mill Bridge, and a stone bridge that soldiers marched over are featured on the rounding board.

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