Suspended rocking horses were fitted to be suspended from a
ceiling by ropes. This was a rather clumsy and complicated
arrangement, and does not seem to have survived past the Great
War. As far as I am aware, no known suspended rocking horses
have survived in that form.
Alfred Gamage, of the famous Gamages stores in London seems to have patented
and sold the "Gamages Gee Swing" just prior to the Great War, it is likely that
as a retailer Gamages would have had his rocking horses manufacturered by one or more
of the established manufacturers of the day.
Coppelia was acquired on a Marqua stand, but did feature a bolt
through the horse at the rump and another towards the middle of the horse.
Both these locations featured in trade catalogues of the time as
location points for suspended rocking horses.
The inside of the mouth is also enlarged, in suspended rocking horse designs
a piece of ironwork was fitted in here to hold the front of the horse.
Missing would be the iron work required to lead the attached
ropes clear of the rider and possibly improve stability.
This rocking horse is currently held in stock, hopefully pending
a restoration as a suspended horse, probably on a portable
Enquiries welcome however!
Body Length 21"
Length Overall 37"
Gamages was a major department store in London between 1878 and 1972 founded by Arthur
Walter Gamage. The stores have left a legacy in the form of their catalogues, Gamages being
very active in the mail order business.
Suspended rocking horses featured in the Gamages catalogues
prior to the Great War (1914-18), as the Gamages Gee Swing.
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.