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.