VINTAGE HANDMADE FOLK ART'DICK SPARROWS 40 HORSE HITCH' WAGON. Definitely one of a kind folk art replica of Dick Sparrows 40 horse hitch. All wooden and hand painted. The horses are hooked together and attached to the reins of the driver. The piece measures 4'11" long x 8" high at the highest point x 7-1/2 wide.
A bit of history on Dick Sparrow's is as follows. Dick Sparrow has been admired by millions of people through the years, perched atop elegant antique circus wagons as the master of 40 matched Belgian horses stretched out 120 feet in front of him - 10 rows of four horses abreast. As the driver, Sparrow wielded power over 80,000 pounds of horseflesh. He maneuvered long reins weighing 50 to 75 pounds when slack, and much more when the horses pulled. The Barnum & Bailey Circus had stopped using a 40-horse hitch in 1904, but Sparrow re-created the feat beginning in 1972 by special request of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co.As the main attraction in the Old Milwaukee Days July Fourth Circus Parade in Milwaukee. One million people lined the streets, with millions more watching via television. With the help of his family, friends and dozens of volunteers, Sparrow took his horses across the nation for hundreds of appearances.
He gained a reputation as the nation's best driver of draft-class horses. He could dazzle crowds by halting his 40-horse team and making the horses back up. Turning corners required split-second timing and expert precision.
The 40-horse hitch, later sponsored by O's Gold Seed Co. Of Parkersburg, was discontinued in late 1977. A definite must for the one of a kind folk art collectors. The item "VINTAGE HANDMADE FOLK ART DICK SPARROW'S 40 HORSE HITCH ONE OF A KIND" is in sale since Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Western Americana\Décor". The seller is "premier55" and is located in Blanchard, Iowa. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation, Montserrat.