Pandemic projects: Carousel horse collector restores old mare Corona to new glory

Richard Cox’s pandemic project was spurred by a case of seller’s remorse.

A few years ago, he and his wife, Pat, thought they might downsize from their Nine Mile Falls home.

“I owned two full-size carousel horses,” he said, and considering a move, he decided to sell them.

One of the horses was a wooden replica of an iconic Looff Carrousel horse, and both ponies were painted by Betty Largent.

Largent was responsible for restoring and maintaining the horses and other antique wooden carvings on Spokane’s 1909 Looff Carrousel from 1991 to 2019, and is recognized as one of the foremost carousel restorationists in the world.

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