H.C. Evans Cast Iron Eagle Shooting Target

  • H.C. Evans Cast Iron Eagle Shooting Target
  • H.C. Evans Cast Iron Eagle Shooting Target

H.C. Evans Cast Iron Eagle Shooting Target

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Shooting gallery targets such as this have become iconic Folk Art pieces recalling the two decades between the two world wars.  WWII, the demise of permanent amusement parks and laws against live ammunition shooting galleries all contributed to the scarcity of the these wonderfully graphic target images.

This H.C. Evans cast iron spread wing eagle (#101)  is 12 1/2" tall and 10 3/8" wide and weighs in at a hefty 15 1/2 pounds (with stand).  On the contemporary, custom stand it is 14 1/2" tall.  

The condition is good with no breaks and no repairs.  The aged, rusted surface shows traces of an early white paint.

H.C. Evans was a Chicago arcade industry manufacturer during the first quarter of the 20th Century.  In 1923 they became the successor and survivor company to two of their midwest rivals, Emil R. Hoffman & Son and A.J. Smith Mfg. Co., acquiring each company's patents and designs.

In their book Step Right Up (Tucker and Tucker, 2014) Richard and Valerie Tucker illustrate a catalogue page for the complete Evans' Gallery 5 which includes two #101 eagles.  The entire gallery stood 12 feet high and 14 feet wide, had over 75 cast iron figures and with a shipping weight of 3600 pounds.  It sold for $750 in the 1920's.

An estimated $50 is included in the price to cover packing, shipping and insurance.

 

 

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