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Antique and Collectable Rocking Horses
Antique and Collectable Rocking Horses

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Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat..
Anyway time to run a few offers.
Today's post is about "Edwin", a delightful Ayres, beautifully restored, the ideal "Christmas Horse".
Complete restorations such as this look like a new horse, he's certainly strong and in good working order, so all the advantages of "newness", though few can carve as well as this nowadays.
The wood in the stand just shows through that bit of character wood gains with age, (and I don't mean woodworm!)
Edwin includes a side saddle pommel, a strong indicator of a pre 1914 date, when young ladies were expected to learn to ride "properly" from an early age.
What's his Christmas offer, why not check him out on
www.sallysrockinghorses.com/Antique-Rocking-Horse-14.html

Antique Ayres rocking horse
Antique Ayres rocking horse
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The late Harold Wakefield was renowned for his special compositions, horses with raised hooves in various positions. He also carved such finer details as "veining" into some of his horses.
Harold wasn't the first to experiment with different poses, the Swedish firm Gemla made some many years ago, but he is renowned for the detail and accuracy of his compositions.
The subject of today's post wasn't with us long, it has all the appearances of a Wakefield, but there are no supporting indicators such as his bespoke brackets. This all goes to show just how careful you have to be sometimes. Whoever made it has paid Harold the sincerest form of flattery, namely imitation.
Still a stunning rocking horse.
www.sallysrockinghorses.com/Antique-Rocking-Horse-63.html
Enjoy

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Cow hair was once very popular on rocking horses, the modern trend seems to be for long flowing manes, as cow is shorter and curly, it seems to be out of fashion. Mind their are a lot more cows about.
New on my website is cow hair. This is a cheaper alternative to blonde horse hair, though perhaps only really suitable for smaller or at best medium sized rocking horses.
The picture below is original cow hair on a Collinsons, as you can see, a little bit wilder looking, being curly.

You can see my cow hair on www.sallysrockinghorses.com/HorseHair.html




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G an J Lines (George and Joseph) was the main Lines brand prior to the 30s. This recent acquisition scores on a number of points. Although small, at 30" high, it is a fine example of this top brand. This is especially so with this example as it also displays "extra carving". Although originally displayed on the body, the distinctive "Thistle" badges are unique to Lines, as this factory was situated on the Caledonian Road, hence a Scottish flavour.
Sadly the badges are somewhat corroded with time, though still recognisable.
This rocking horse can be viewed on
www.sallysrockinghorses.com/Antique-Rocking-Horse-28.html

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Ayres rocking horses always seem to be in demand, so much so that our "Ayres" stable quite often becomes somewhat depleted. We hope to remedy that this month with some new acquisitions. Starting with Tommy, which is a small beautiful but extra carved model from this renowned maker. A recent professional restoration has done him proud, all ready to go and in full working order.
View him on
www.sallysrockinghorses.com/Antique-Rocking-Horse-09.html
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A new acquisition is this small and delightful G and J Lines rocking horse, dating to circa 1910-1930. Fully restored, with replacement brackets, with Lines the brackets are one of the best identity indicators. Very worn thistle badges however are also strong Lines indicators. Add in quality carving, this one has "extra carving" on the neck and legs and the pillar pattern.
You can find out more about "Annabel" on her own page, www.sallysrockinghorses.com/RockingHorse28.html

Restored antique rocking horse by Lines.
A Lines antique rocking horse .
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Another small rocking horse maker is the family firm of White's, based near Welwyn Garden City. They have been making some delightful rocking horses for years, such as the topic of this post, a fine large horse, 50" in height, carved and finished in light oak.
Oak is not the easiest of woods to carve, but is hard and durable, so this is a rocking horse that should be around a long time if looked after. He will be having a new saddle, the old one apparently succumbing to a feline, though the horse is fine!
He is on our website at www.sallysrockinghorses.com/RockingHorse71.html
White's Rocking Horse
White's Rocking Horse
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A recent acquisition is a very large and splendid rocking horse by Geoff Martin of Horsecraft, Cornwall. For a start they used Toy Tack saddles and tack, arguably the best money can buy. The carving is good and the finish on this walnut rocking horse excellent. Our photography at the moment doesn't really do it justice.
At 53" high, he is imposing and well worth a visit if you are in the area (Shropshire Hills). Failing that view him on
www.sallysrockinghorses.com/RockingHorse67.html
Horsecraft Wood ocking Horse
Horsecraft Wood ocking Horse
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Sallys Rocking Horses Ltd

Stevensons of Kent are arguably the world's quality rocking horse makers. Apart from well carved and finished rocking horses, they have shown enormous flair for innovation and marketing.
A good example is our latest acquisition, a quality spring horse by this renowned firm. The sprung supports have been tried before, notably by F H Ayres, they impart and extra level of rocking motion on the standard rockers.
All well made, with Stevensons extras such as the "secret" locking compartment, and embroidered horse rug, and in this instance celebrating Stevensons 21st anniversary as rocking horse makers.
You can see more on this fine rocking horse on www.sallysrockinghorses.com/RockingHorse65.html


Stevensons of Kent spring rocking horse..
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Some of my recent posts have been about rocking horses made by one firm and then restored by another. In authenticating rocking horses I use what I call "indicators". Indicators can be definitive on their own, but usually it takes a few indicators to arrive at an identification.
One indicator used for Collinsons, my last post but one, might specify the rectangular pillars. This isn't exclusive, Haddons for example had their own version of a rectangular pillar (though it is different.) A second indicator might be the distinctive "crested" head on a Collinsons, again there are other makers using similar features, but the two together are strongly indicating Collinsons.
I could find a few more for Collinsons, but take care as some experience is needed. Collinsons may have corduroy saddles as an indicator, today's little offering doesn't, even though it is most definately a Collinsons. Perhaps the reader can infer why?
See more on www.sallysrockinghorses.com/RockingHorse37.html
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Vintage Collinsons Rocking Horses
Vintage Collinsons Rocking Horses
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