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Carousel Dogs—Old and New

On September 25, five dog figures will be among the carousel animals up for auction at Guernsey’s auctioneers in New York City. Listed are four Greyhounds “in the style of Charles Looff” and a Spaniel by Herschell Spillman. As fans of carousel animal carvings, especially rare and delightful canine figures, we wanted to know a little more about what will be on the block, so we called Tim Racer, a carousel figure carver in Oakland, Calif. He gave us his appraisal (read our Q&A) and, to our delight, shared images of his just-completed creation—a fabulous pair of carousel Pit Bulls for Jane Berkey, founder of Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) in upstate New York.

Photos of vintage carousel animals from Guernseys.com. Photos of Petal and Joshua by Tim Racer.