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1991 - The Fifth Edition
The Tobin Fraley Collection by Willitts Designs

by Dr. Floyd Moreland - Magical Carousel Shoppe

The Fifth Edition of 1991 consisted of 39 pieces. One, a large carousel music box inspired by Charles Looff and John Zalar (#04105), was a winner of the 1991 Collector Editions Manazine Award. (Two pieces in the Fourth Edition of 1990 had been nominees for that award; see the previous installment of this series).

A second large carousel music box, also inspired by Looff and Zalar was part of the collection as well.

Most of the remaining pieces in the Fifth Edition were Looff and Herschell-Spillman figures, including a dog, a cat, a pig, a frog (a smaller version of the larger piece from the Second Edition of 1988), a ram, a giraffe, and several horses. In addition, there were a reprise of the "Four Seasons" motif from the Fourth Edition of 1990 in the form of four larger horses and a dated ornament.

The small Herschell-Spillman figures were issued on brass bases

as well as on small wooden musical bases, with up and down motion:

The Looff figures (four horses, a ram, and a jumping giraffe), slightly larger than the Herschell-Spillman pieces, were issued on brass bases with golden reins:

as well as on wooden musical bases with up and down motion:

Two of the Looff horses were also offered on a wooden musical base in front of a band organ fašade:

and one (#04081), with a child riding it, was issued in a waterglobe:

The splendid large pieces in the Fifth Edition were a revival of the "four seasons" motif that had been so well received in the Fourth Edition. These were mounted on brass bases formed of two jeweled horseshoes.

Finally, the "winter" horse appeared as a dated ornament

and a version of the "spring" horse was presented on an elaborate wooden musical base in an edition of only 300 pieces.

In the next installment, we shall look at the Sixth Edition (1992).

Dr. Floyd Moreland operates the Magical Carousel Shoppe AND the beautiful antique Dentzel carousel (also known as the Dr. Floyd Moreland Carousel) at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Visit his online shop at

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