Carousel Support and Information: National Carousel Association

Identify a Carousel Figure

Image: Identification Project Photo
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Image: Identification Project Photo

The NCA provides a unique (and free!) service to provide identification for carousel figures and other carousel items. The NCA ID team has provided identification for more than 140 submissions over the last 5 years!

If you have a carousel figure or item (or even a complete carousel) that you would like to have identified, follow these instructions to submit your request to the NCA Identification Committee. Photos for some of the more interesting identification projects will be posted on our identification project web page.

  1. Send Photos
    To start the process, send photos of the item to be identified to the NCA Identification Committee.

    Send photos from as many angles as possible. The photos can be sent as email attachments, or they can be sent as printed copies via the U.S. Mail to the following address:
    National Carousel Association
    Patrick Wentzel, Census Chairman
    2310 Highland Avenue
    Parkersburg, WV 26101-2920
    Click to send email

  2. Send Background Information
    Include as much information as you can about the carousel figure. Information such as the place where it was obtained, the park or location it came from, whether or not it has been restored, if it is in original condition, and any other information can help speed up the identification process.

  3. Getting your reply
    Normally, only the manufacturer of the carousel horse or item, perhaps the style or name of the figure, and the approximate year it was created can be provided.

    No valuations will be given!

  4. Payment
    There is no fee for this service, but a donation to the NCA Preservation Fund would be appreciated. Donations should be sent to:

    National Carousel Association
    c/o Bette Largent
    10009 N. Moore
    Spokane, WA 99208

    To learn more about carousels and help preserve those remaining, we invite you to become a member of the NCA.

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