English Style Rocking Horse

  • English Style Rocking Horse
  • English Style Rocking Horse

English Style Rocking Horse

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The rocking horse was a fixture in many early homes but is best known as an English tradition where rocking horses were used by the well-to-do to teach their children to ride horses even before they were walking.  In 1880 Phillip Marqua of Cincinnati invented the Swinger or Safety stand and received an English patent.  This form became the industry standard through to the beginning of the Second World War.

This is a very nice example of the post 1880 English style of rocking horse.  Likely the smallest size made, it stands just 25" tall and 28" long at the rails.  The diminutive horse is just 18" tall and 23" long. The life like form of the horse is especially well carved.

The dapple gray horse (a favorite of English makers for two centuries) has been restored.  We suspect the original had a saddle blanket which has been lost along with any original tack.  The safety frame retains its original dry, crusty red paint.

The small size suggests it was used for the wee ones.  As a display piece it looks fabulous with a doll on its back. 

We will quote shipping costs with your interest.  We can offer personal delivery within 100 miles of Philadelphia and in New England in connection with our frequent travels there.

 

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