Cambridge is a fine example of the very special Ayres D types made in the 1930's. Ayres set out to make a statement of a rocking horse, with a solid morticed stand, extra carving, including tongue and teeth and most notably of all a tilt to the already turned head.
D types are one of the most collectable of rocking horses, we usually only find one a year if we are lucky.
Cambridge has had a comprehensive restoration, including being re-gessoed and re-painted, a complete new set of quality leather tack, with a detachable saddle, comparable to his original tack.
We have fitted Cambridge with a piebald (white and black) mane and tail, so the darker hair mixes with the white to produce a greyish appearance, especially in the tail.
The stand is original and has also been fully restored and re-varnished. Ayres made these stands with morticed joints to be as much a statement as the horse itself.
Body Length 27"
Length Overall 54"
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.