The entire piece is mounted to an old redwood board (it was cut down for display purposes). My guess is this was on a fence or possibly just a post.
It's meant to be seen from both sides and was probably one of the neatest pieces of yard art I have ever seen. There are 2 articulating horses and riders. The riders heads go up and down and the horses front legs move the same way.The 2 figures are a samurai and a black one eyed cowboy! The samurai is very sad looking. The figures are each about 21" tall and including base, total height is about 34". It has a threaded pipe under the base for mounting. The piece is so creatively crafted with a pragmatic artist eye and a simple yet genius driving mechanism. The mechanics are still there but needs some work if you want to make it work. The details on the riders is so cool. From the metal hats and armor to the eyes (the black rider has 1 eye and an eye patch). The horses eyes are early furniture tacks. The samurai has a sword resting on horses neck. The charisma of each rider and the horses is obvious. The very vibrant colors are still covered in old mud daubers and dirt.
This would clean up a lot to make the reds and greens even brighter. The piece has some condition issues. The black rider has a broken back, causing a lean, though the sleeve that holds the wire that articulates the head up and down holds it together solidly so he's not about to fall apart. His arm is missing on the other side as well. This was definitely a one off, one of a kind, hand made type of piece.
And despite the issues it still commands your attention. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. The item "Antique Vtg Hand Made Articulated Men on Horseback Folk Art Whirligig 44x34" is in sale since Sunday, January 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives".The seller is "goaltender14" and is located in Seattle, Washington. 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, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay, Belize, Ecuador, Egypt, Iceland, Sri lanka, Macao, Oman, Peru.