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Rupert
Ayres  rocking horse circa 1920-40 for use or restoration.

Ayres rocking horse for restoration or use.

This is a fine Ayres rocking horse, although in need of restoration, he is fully functional and able to be ridden as is. The paintwork and tack have been replaced at some point by Haddons Rockers, they often restored such fine antiques in their own style. The paintwork is now in need of restoration, with small areas of paint flaking off. Fortunately no significant areas of the underlying gesso are exposed, most of what is exposed seems to be the original paintwork. All of this could be protected by a lacquer coat in the interim if restoration was to be deferred.

The original fixed saddle rest has been removed, so "Rupert" is fitted with a Haddons style detachable saddle and bridle, both still in fairly good condition.

The stand has been "ebonised" to give a black polished finish. It is sound and in full working order.

This is an opportunity to acquire a classical antique Ayres at a bargain price. Perhaps not to worry so much about use, with a more sympathetic restoration at a later date to revive his former glory.

Height 45"

Body Length 26"

Overall Length 50"
£850
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 more than delighted to see you.