Artist unidentified Probably New York State c. 1880–1920 Paint on wood with metal 37 x 55 1/2 x 11 in. American Folk Art Museum, bequest of Dorothea and Leo Rabkin, 2008.6.1 ...The patriotic figure of Uncle Sam is based on an actual man, Samuel Wilson, of Troy, New York, who won a government contract to supply meat to troops during the War of 1812.
Patriotic Whirlgig Whirligigs are often emblematic of patriotism. All-American motifs, such as Uncle Sam, remain a popular staple with whirligig collectors, who have paid thousands for original pieces at art auctions. The love of the craft has earned the Alfreds a place in gallery shows as well as museum gift shops.