Charlotte is a painted Ian Armstrong rocking horse, dating from circa 1990. Armstrong produced laminated rocking horses in the 1980s and 90s. Most of these rocking horses retained a natural wood finish,
Charlotte has been painted a light dapple.
Charlotte is in excellent condition with only very minor indications of any wear or tear. The only restoration being to re-varnish the stand. This rocking
horse has a natural chestnut horse hair mane and tail, and detachable leather tack. (The girth has been secured to the horse.)
This is a desireable rocking horse with some investment value as a collectable item.
As specialised antiques dealers, we authenticate our stock, why not email for a copy of this fine antique rocking horse's authentication certificate, just quote stock no H31. Email
Height 43 inches
Body Length 25 inches
Length 48 inches
Ian Armstrong made a large number of these distinctive rocking horses in the 1980s-90s from a workshop in Durham. The laminate construction method used has been cleverly adapted to use
the patterns in the wood to add to the rocking horse's appearance.
Laminate construction is a technique in making rocking horses whereby pre-cut shapes in plywood are assembled together and glued to make
the body of the rocking horse. The assembled body is then sanded off ready for varnishing/painting. It is a technique that can reduce labour costs as the pre-cut sections can be cut on computer controlled machines. Plywood
itself does not carve well, and so the technique leads to relatively chunky looking rocking horses. However most manufacturers who have used this technique have very cleverly used design to make up for this limitation,
producing attractive rocking horses. Leading examples include Relko and Ian Armstrong.
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.