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If you have a carousel figure or other antique or related collectible, feel free to contact us at (626) 639-0313 or email: antiquecarousels@gmail.com.

We will gladly help you through the process, from initial identification of the figure if needed, to current market valuation, on to assisting in the best way to find the figure its next home.

Figure valuation services for Insurance/Replacement also available.

AntiqueCarousels.com Carousel Figure Listing

Most of this applies as well to non-carousel figure items. Feel free to call with any questions, big or small, any time.

Cost:

There is no up front fee to list an item with AntiqueCarousels.com.
The only fee that we ask is 10% of the sale price if we bring you the buyer and close the sale.

If you sell the item on your own another way with no assistance from AC.com while listed — that is fine, too. Please just let us know. Nothing is owed.

For the Listing:

Photos:  We love a lot of photos* at AC.com and believe it helps in our (and your) success in finding your animal a new home. It would be nice if the phone rang more, but it’s true that when it does, more than 90% of the people who call about an animal – buy it. I think a nice selection of large, clear photos really helps with that. In most cases – by the time someone calls on a figure – they feel that they know it pretty well.

Photos for a carousel figure:

- A full body profile shot of both sides of the animal is most important. 

- Then, a handful of close-ups and different angles on the figure are nice additions. You know your animal best, feel free to show his good side. (Just include a picture of the other side as well).

*Also, please do not reduce photos from the camera as many programs do for email and other purposes. If you can, send us the original photo from the camera in its largest file size.

Measurements:

Measure from the extremities, length and height. From the furthest points… whether it be nose, ear, knee or hoof…

Height x Length is all that is needed. (It had better not be more than 12″ wide or under 11″ or something’s wrong).

Overall height x overall width measurements are important as in many cases just the difference of an inch or two can tell a lot about the animal; row on the carousel, etc.

Provenance/History/Acquisition:

So many antique carousel animals we know nothing about. Even many of the largest collectors from the early days kept sparse records if any, (except in their heads). And then, often as the animals move from owner to owner, more knowledge of its past, if there was some, is lost. That is why, even from who, where and when bought can be invaluable if you have any piece of the trail. And, given how little information there is on may of these animals, any information is good information.

Provenance - 

Any information on the particular carousel the figure might have operated on, and/or locations of the carousel that the animal worked is the most sought after information.

Acquisition -

When and where you acquired the figure, and if there have been a number of owners, when and where the previous owners acquired the figure if you know it. In many cases, this might tell us the provenance of the animal, especially if the animal was bought at an auction as we have over 25 years of auction sales results. Maybe 50% of those have the animals provenance. So you may have it, but you don’t know it.

Condition/Restoration -

The current condition of the horse, beyond what is obvious in photos is always nice to know. Any cracks, seam separations, loose limbs, big dings or scratches, etc. should be noted. None of these are really a big deal and typical of an old horse, but it’s nice to know ahead of time. And, if the horse has been restored, or partially restored in the past, any information on who did the work and when is valuable.

And any other interesting information you may know of the animal, I’m sure the new owners would appreciate it and help pass it on.

And finally, if submitting a figure via email, please include your other contact information if I don’t already have it. A phone number is nice, and the city and zip code at least, for the location of the figure(s), for shipping estimates for interested buyers.

Payment*: The method of payment is ultimately whatever seller and buyer agree upon. In 99% of the sales we handle, personal check still works best for most folks. (Once the check clears, the item is released for shipping.) Sometimes the buyer sends two separate checks, one to the seller and one to AC.com for the commission, other times just one check to the seller who in turn pays the AC.com commission. Either way is fine with us.

*(Payment for shipping is the responsibility of the buyer and is separate from payment for purchase of the animal).

And What About Shipping*…?

Shipping: The buyer pays for shipping* (unless other arrangements are made as part of the sale. Some animals are crated, others are shipped “blanket wrap” or “white glove” – basically, just very carefully, properly handled, well padded and secured, with a smaller shipper who knows what an antique is. Each animals is different, but they all get there. AC.com will assist with the shipping arrangements and stay with the buyer until the figure arrives at its new home.

*Once the shipper is agreed upon and arranged, and the animal paid for, the buyer will need to arrange payment with the shipper. Credit Card is typically the easiest way for the buyer to pay the shipper..

*AC.com is located in Southern California, however there is no store or location to view animals as the items on the site are all consignment, and are all over the country (and the world even), with their owners.

APPRAISALS - 

CAROUSEL FIGURE IDENTIFICATION - N/C – (Just email a photo or two).
CURRENT MARKET VALUATIONS FOR RESALEN/C
FIGURE VALUATIONS/ CURRENT MARKET COMPARABLES/INSURANCE REPLACEMENT APPRAISALS - $35-75. Inquire.

CONTACT - 

ANTIQUECAROUSELS@GMAIL.COM

(626) 639-0313

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