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Antique rocking horses

Smokey : A restored rocking horse by F H Ayres

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Smokey is a large Ayres rocking horse, dating to circa 1920-30. A modern restoration has seen him repainted, with a detachable bridle and fixed saddle. A black natural horse hair mane and tail and adjustable stirrup leathers complete his kit. The paintwork  was restored some 10-20 years ago,  with wear and tear commensurate with this time span, specifically very light gesso cracks on the leg joints.
Smokey is in sound condition, gesso cracks of this nature being purely superficial (gesso being the fine coating used to seal the wood on manufacture.)
The stand is also sound and retains it's original finish.
Large Ayres such as this are sought after and hence fine investments as family heirlooms.
Height 47"

Body Length 28"

Overall Length 54"
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Frederick Henry Ayres was one of the leading late Victorian toy and rocking horse manufacturers. Probably second only to Lines in output, many would regard Ayres as more classic. F H Ayres was innovative with a string of interesting patents for rocking horse designs. The firm was based at 111 Aldersgate, London from 1864 until 1940, supplying most London department stores, such as Harrods as well as being widely exported. Ayres rocking horses are undoubtably the most collectable of antique rocking horses.

To purchase or find out more about this horse, please contact Sally, either by email or phone on the links on the footer, or better still, visit our showroom in the scenic Shropshire Hills, we would be delighted to see you.