Hunter is an early Ayres rocking horse in need of restoration. He is dated by his design, notably pommel holes and a more sloping rump than later rocking horses, giving him an approx date of 1890-1905.
Hunter has had a previous restoration, which included a replacement jaw, this is recommended for re-carving in a future restoration. Likewise getting him back to a more sympathetic dapple to the original and replacing his truncated ears, a common problem on a hard working horse. (Hunter "worked" for a number of years in a school.) His previous restoration included adding small inserts under his hooves, raising his height by 1.5 inches as can be seen in the pictures.
Hunter is a restoration project, but a stunning horse is attainable worth approx £2500. His woodwork is still sound and perfectly serviceable.
£750 as is.
Phone 01938 561363
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.
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