Original Ayres rocking horses needing some light restoration, which is pending. This delightful horse features an "Ayres transfer badge", which helps date it to the period 1930-40. Pending restoration includes light touching up and conservation lacquer coat on the horse, mane and tail, fitting saddle cloths and repairing the original saddle. Generally we like to preserve as much originality as possible when finding such treasures.
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.