Collinsons of Liverpool is a famous rocking horse making family going back as far as 1836. They are especially collectable today from their postwar output, producing cheaper horses in the increasingly mass produced markets emerging. At this period their designs are quite distinctive with rectangular pillars, diamond shaped pillar
covers, brass pin eyes, cordouroy saddles and a distinctive paint design. Medium and larger horses seem to have used rocking iron brackets from what must have been an enormous stock of Lines brackets.
Production tailed off in the 1980s, with the firm ceasing trading after five generations in the same family in 1992.
Baby Carriages of Liverpool developed from the older firm of Hill and Harrison in 1906. They seem to have made a range of products, especially perambulators as suggested by the name. By the 1930s, they seem to be using the Rambler Toys trademark, usually applied to the stand as a transfer logo. They also used a BCL transfer, referring to Baby Carriages Limited. They ceased trading in 1963.
Although there are some similarities between the two firms, Baby Carriages have much finer carving, with the head well tucked in and a more classic dapple finish, hence the higher prices they command.
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.