In addition to their carousel horses Cybis also created a menagerie of other carousel animals in porcelain. There were two very different series: the full-size collection spanning the mid-1970s through the early 2000s, and the small Carousel II series introduced in the late 1980s. Unlike the Hall of Fame editions, however, the second series was not merely a downsized replica of the first.
All of the full-size carousel pieces were sculpted by Susan Eaton except for the final three animals, as noted.
The Carousel Goat was one of the two introductory carousel pieces in 1973; the other, the Carousel Horse, can be seen here. It is 12” high overall, with the porcelain itself being 9.75”. The declared edition was 500 but the edition size was later reduced to only 325. The original issue price was $875. Interestingly, although it was not released until 1973 the copyright-year mold impression may be 1969; one example, #391, sold online with an accompanying photo of the sculpture number and mold mark. During the 1960s several other Cybis pieces were registered with the US Copyright Office a few years before their actual retail introduction, so the discrepancy in dates is not without precedent.
The following year (1974) saw two new introductions, one of which was the Carousel Lion. Like the Goat and Horse, the original edition size of 500 was later reduced to 325. It is 12” high overall, the porcelain is 8.75” high, and the issue price was $1025.
The Carousel Tiger was the other 1974 introduction, standing 12” high with the tiger at 5.5”. Priced at $925 initially, the 500-piece edition was likewise reduced to 325. The wood bases used for all of the classic carousel animals was 12” long x 3” wide.
In 1975 only one carousel figure was introduced: the Bicentennial Carousel Horse ‘Ticonderoga’, seen here. Like the previous carousel figures, it was originally set at a 500-pc limit which was then reduced to 350; the edition was filled quickly and so this piece was made only for three years (1975, 1976 and 1977)
After 1975 there was a break in the introduction of new carousel pieces until 1981, when three new carousel pieces were introduced. This one is Carousel Bull ‘Plutus’ who is 10” high (porcelain) and 12” high overall. Again we see Cybis shooting for an edition of 500 but later cutting it down to 325. The original price was $1125.
Carousel Bear ‘Bernhard’ was the second 1981 design; issue size 500 to 325, and issue price $1125. Again its overall height is 12” but Bernard himself is only 5.75”. The carousel poles are 10.25” high from the top of the wood base to the top of the pole.
The third carousel figure for 1981 was Carousel Pony ‘Sugarplum’, seen with the carousel equines.
In 1982 Cybis altered the edition sizes for their new carousel sculptures. Carousel Giraffe ‘Sir Cuthbert’ had a declared edition of 750, at $1150. Cuthbert is taller than any of the other carousel pieces but only because being a giraffe, his head is higher than the top of the pole! Overall height is 14.75”; Cuthbert himself is 12.5” tall.
Starting at this point there is some murkiness about the exact issue years of the next four carousel pieces, which were equines that are seen in The Carousel Horses. Hopefully some literature will eventually come to light that will pinpoint the exact intro years for those specific pieces.
Thus the next non-equine animal is Carousel Elephant ‘Jumbo’ from 1988. Like Sir Cuthbert, his edition size is 750. Jumbo’s designer is unknown but it was not Susan Eaton. He is 12.5” high to the top of his trunk, and his original issue price was $1850.
Because 1989 was the Golden Anniversary year for Cybis, their carousel figure was the elaborate Golden Thunder. Seen here, his decoration includes head-shots of all the prior Cybis carousel animals.
After 1989 there was another several years’ hiatus which was broken in 1994 by the Carousel Buffalo. Even though the Cybis website, which was last updated in late 2008, describes this as “one of their newest additions” the mold mark clearly shows a copyright year of 1994. This is either a case of a delayed issue (as with the Goat) or of the Cybis website entry not being updated after 1994. I strongly suspect it’s the latter! This is an edition of 750 and is 12” high overall. Designer is unknown; it was not Susan Eaton.
The final piece in the full-size Cybis carousel series was the Carousel Reindeer, introduced in late 2008 – fourteen years after the Buffalo. Its designer is unknown (not Susan Eaton) but the style resembles Jumbo. Matching the 12” height of the other pieces, the edition of 750 debuted at $2995.
The Carousel II Collection
The “Carousel II Collection” was an open (non-limited) series that contained only five animals: a pony, a bear, a bull, a llama, and a tiger. They were introduced in 1988 and 1989; any 1989 introductory/production pieces should bear the special 50th Anniversary stamp. All of the animals are 7” high; they were originally priced at $675 and ended at $795. The designer of the set is unknown.
The Carousel II Llama was introduced in 1988. The second photo shows how all of these Carousel II animals were created in three pieces: the main sculpture, a porcelain support-base, and a porcelain pole. Thus the animal could be displayed as a non-carousel item (if one disregarded the hole through its body, of course!)
The only photos available of the other four pieces – Carousel II Bear, Carousel II Bull, Carousel II Pony, and Carousel II Tiger – are from the Cybis site.
The pieces were designed so as to fit onto the Carousella, as shown above. It is 12” high and 15” in diameter. It too is a non-limited edition, and was priced at $975. The animals are held in place by inserting the bottom of each pole through the gold-gilt “loop”at the end of each wing extending outward from the center, and then into the hole in the top of the animal’s saddle. A second, larger hole in the belly accommodates the top of the base piece. No mention is made on the website of whether the Carousella sits atop any kind of rotating base, so I’m assuming it does not.
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