On this page are some of our very special antique, old Rocking Horses by famous makers such as F H Ayres, Lines, J R Smith, Crossley, Collinson and other quality makers of the past.
Please note All of our rocking horses are classed as antique and not as children’s toys as they were made before toy safety regulations for children. Perfect for a country cottage, country house interior design scheme to sit beautifully in any home.
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‘JOSEPH’ ANTIQUE ROCKING HORSE BY J R SMITH c.1900-1905 – RECENTLY RENOVATED
Joseph is a very beautiful recently restored antique horse by J R Smith. This fabulous horse has recently come back to us after having had the most professional full restoration. He is a finely carved very elegant horse with a wonderful kind intelligent face. He has been finished in a traditional J R smith dapple finish. He has new tack including his smart fitted saddle with a red blanket. He has a very finely carved head with glass eyes ( small scuff to the centre of one) To keep his history and to keep him as true to his past as possible. His stand has been sympathetically restored and waxed. the short side parts on the stand have small old nail holes which have been left as they tell a story. The stand is original except for the uprights which are more modern. He has what we believe to be his old original brackets and swing irons. He has a newly fitted real horse hair mane and tail. This lovely horse is full of character and a wonderful size being not too large or small so will suit many rooms or styles of homes.
He measures.. Height to top of his neck from the floor 38″ (96cm) to saddle 29″ (74cm) Stand measures 38 1/2″ (98cm) by 15 1/2″ (39cm) (measurements are approx.)
He will come with a Certificate from the restorer with much information. This is a truly wonderful antique rocking horse by a very famous maker. He will be a family member to love and pass on to future generations. A fabulous Heirloom rocking horse
Email us for his photo file. Price was £1795 PRICE NOW £1595 * until 30.8.22
‘POPPY’ RARE ANTIQUE ROCKING HORSE 1930’s, attrbuted to ‘Crossley Brothers‘
‘Poppy’ (named by her previous owners) is a beautiful very special antique dapple grey rocking horse from the c.1930’s. Attributed to Crossley Brothers of Blackpool a very famous rocking horse maker of the last century. We have an information sheet on this old British rocking horse maker we will include with her. Crossley horses have very distinctive ‘eyebrows’ which we have never seen on another maker. It is so rare to find one this early. They were a famous maker in the 50s-60s for the later ‘box horses’ popular at the time, their trademark ‘eyebrows’ were still seen on these horses.
They produced a large range of toys including before WW2 beautifully carved rocking horses. Though few seem to have survived. Poppy has the distinctive carved eyebrows attributed to this maker and her large size and build including a fuller body and very distinctively carved legs.
At some time in the past around the 1950s-60s, she was sent to another famous rocking horse maker of the time who did restoration work as well as making rocking horses. ‘Collinson of Liverpool’ so she sports some of their style in her dapple painting, and finish. (Though her shape, size and carving are very different from a Collinson horse)
Overall for her great age, she is in really good well cared for condition. with some minor age wear to her gesso painted plaster with typical age-related wear, crazing, visible on the outer painted plaster. These are cosmetic and not structural. A little wear on her ear tips. Her stand has been cleaned and lightly waxed to retain the aged character and not cover the gentle minor scuffs and signs of wear to the wood. She is the most impressive rocking horse beautiful to admire and look at. Who will delight her new owners and grace her new home; she is such a fabulous rare antique rocking horse
Poppy measurements are Height.. 42″ to the top of her head, 35″ to the saddle.
The stand measures 51″ long by 17″ wide.
Here is a chance to own a really unusual and lovely antique rocking horse who has been loved and cared for over the years.