Overall: 14 x 21 x 7 in. ( 35.6 x 53.3 x 17.8 cm )
stencilled: on each side, on paddle wheel covers, in brown: "EXCELSIOR"
Fanciful representation (in tinned sheet iron) of side-wheel steamer; four tiered decks with windows and doors stencilled on sides in dark green; open deck on bottom level, near the bow, with steps leading to next deck; cast iron paddle wheels at center, paddle wheel cover rises to top of third level, decorated with lithograph illustration of golden-haired woman depicted in green dress with white collar, and hat with green feather and veil of lighter green, holding reins of white horse; wheat-sheaf motif stencilled at top of cover; decks trimmed with acanthus-leaf patterned strip; two pairs of smoke-stacks, taller pair at bow, crowned with acanthus-leaf decoration; wire suspended between smaller pair; gong suspended between larger pair; American flag (with irregular number of stars and stripes) mounted at stern.
Edith F. Barenholtz, ed., The George Brown Toy Sketchbook (Princeton, NJ: The Pyne Press, 1971), no. 31.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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