Welcome to Sallys Rocking Horses
The Home of Collectable Antique Rocking Horses
Take your time, as each antique rocking horse is different and many are unique. Browse my collection, it is all on display at my business premises in the Shropshire Hills. It's well worth a visit and I would love to see you. Failing that, do get in touch, buying such an exquisite item is worth a lot of thought and I'm here to help.
My stock on one page.
Also I feature regular posts on rocking horses on the social media links above.
Few heirlooms compare with a fine antique rocking horse. Not only was the craftsmanship at a standard rarely seen today, but it has the added investment value of being a genuine antique. Many of us of loved or wanted a rocking horses since childhood, there can be no better investment than re-living that time and or sharing it with your children and grandchildren. There is something enduring about a fine old rocking horse to pass down the generations.
- Ayres rocking horse.
This fine old rocking horse is by Frederick Henry Ayres, arguably the most well known of the English Victorian-Edwardian rocking horses. George and Joseph Lines also made comparable rocking horses, going on to become England's largest toy maker. You can find out more about these makers by viewing their "Stables".
- Lines rocking horse.
Although our stock of Ayes and Lines usually sells quickly, we have numerous equally well carved antique rocking horses by other makers, such as Smith, Norton and Barker to name only a few. Such fine rocking horses were almost exclusively British, made at the height of Empire for it's affluent upper and middle classes. These rocking horses also have their own stables to tell you more about them.
There was also a prolific output from the Liverpool makers, Collinsons and Baby Carriages.
- Baby Carriages rocking horse.
Buying an antique rocking horse can be a sound long term investment. It is important that you are happy with your choice on what will probably be in your family for many years as a treasured heirloom. Some antique rocking horses retain much originality, others may be extensively restored to the point of appearing new.
Original rocking horses
Restored rocking horses
- Lines three seater rocking horse.
At Sally's Rocking Horses, I hold an extensive collection of rocking horses to suit all tastes. Most rocking horses are still fully functional, in fact if fully restored it can be difficult to distinguish from new. I also have a selection of contemporary rocking horses, especially if they have that certain something about them. Some of these are good affordable alternatives, again they have their own stable.
- Contemporary Show Jumper
I sell antiques, and although materials used in restoration, such as replacement manes and tails are made using non toxic products, the original parts may not be. Originality cannot be restored however, highly original old rocking horses tend to be kept for their aesthetic value.
You may also view my antique toy carts and carriages, books and magazines and even restoration materials.
Carts and Carriages
- Victorian Bow rocking horse.
My collection of antique rocking horses is easily the largest in one place, in the UK, outside of a museum. I have a dedicated business premises so I highly recommend a visit if you want to have genuine choice in a good setting. I also exhibit at some antiques fairs, you may be able to arrange a viewing at a location nearer to you. I probably sell more antique rocking horses than anyone else, I achieve this through competitive pricing and service. You may find cheaper on Ebay, and view obscure photographs. (I use a professional photographic studio to produce a portfolio of quality high resolution photographs of each rocking horse.)
You may travel far to see a rocking horse in someone's garage and find is not what you are really after, costing you valuable money and time! I would love to see you in my showroom and offer you a real choice, but failing that please view this website and be impressed. It is not full of rocking horses sold ten years ago, anything sold is immediately removed from the main stock page.
I can offer the security, convenience and piece of mind of taking debit and credit card payments, one of the few specialist dealers able to process card payments. The card company will refund you if your rocking horse doesn't arrive, even if you live on the other side of the world.
Moving rocking horses, especially large ones, is not easy and can be quite expensive. I will deliver to most places in the UK for £85, which is very competitive with present day transport costs. You have the right under distance selling regulations to return a rocking horse if you are not satisfied. My delivery service allows me to make sure that you are happy with your rocking horse when delivered, as back loading is then relatively easy if you are not.
Browse the internet as much as you want, some sites may offer as many as a dozen antique rocking horses at best. You will not find a wider selection, and I do pride myself on having broad tastes in rocking horses and related items. Enjoy my collection, it does change rapidly, so I highly recommend signing up to my monthly newsletter and new stock
Looking forward to hearing from you soon
Terms and Conditions
All goods sold as antique or restored are subject to the descriptions given in our condition reports. Sally's Rocking Horses Ltd can only accept responsibility for the accuracy and validity of these documents as related to the item sold, for which we endeavour to be as complete and accurate as is reasonable based on inspection of the item and considered expert opinion.
Antique rocking horses rarely have definitive provenance, and are sold subject to descriptions matching the evidence available.
Antique rocking horses, whilst often perfectly serviceable cannot be sold as toys for children were lead based paints have been used. Neither can original workmanship be guaranteed, though we endeavour to ensure that contemporary repair work is up to current standards prohibiting the use of lead based paints and toxins in other materials.
Gesso cracks, defined as less than 1mm across are common on many antique rocking horses, and even on many newer ones. They are caused by the relatively flexible wood underneath the more rigid gesso covering, especially at leg joints, moving over time, and do not usually indicate any structural problems.
In original rocking horses, original tack, usually in leather and fabrics will often be too fragile for actual use.
We want you to be happy with your purchase, and in any case we comply with the European Distance Selling Regulations, which allows you to withdraw from a purchase bought over the internet within 7 days of receipt of goods. The item must be returned in the condition it was received, and the purchaser is responsible for transport costs. For details of these regulations and the sale of goods act, go to
Distance Selling Regulations