Unusual Black Figure Swatting a Bee Whirligig


Circa 1880.
Mid West (Illinois).
Wood, tin, wire and original polychrome. Retaining original painted surface.
Full bodied wooden figure with applied metal face and metal brim on top hat.
Metal applied collar on shirt and metal applied swallowtail on jacket.
Paddles, boots and wings of bee missing. There are only a few of these whirligigs known.
7″ x 22.5″ x 20″ d
Ex Mendelsohn Collection.