Sallys Rocking Horses Ltd

Old Rocking Horses

A Crossley Bros rocking horse.

Fosse is a basic box rocking horse made by Crossley Bros of Blackpool, possibly in the 1930s. He had a "restoration" in 1965 (the restorer thoughtfully leaving a page from the Bolton Evening News dated 5 Nov 1965.) He is of course in need of another restoration.
The horse has some issues with an open joint, a rather unimaginative paintwork with worn areas, no mane and a synthetic tail, probably from his restoration. Remnant tack and saddle may be original however.
The box construction is sturdy, with the legs taken inside the box to strengthen the whole thing. Lower jaw broken off.
The stand is painted red, possibly original, with turned pillars. Light woodworm, already treated, otherwise sound and sturdy.
Fosse is an excellent restoration project, as is, with connections to a well known Blackpool firm (They made a lot of things out of wood, with rocking horses just being a sideline they tried out in the 1930s.)
I am considering restoring this as a polychrome or similar, as a nursery rocking horse, so feel free to contact me if you are interested. The inspiration being the box Collinson, Abilene.
Height 32"

Body Length 16"

Length Overall 32"
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Crossley Bros was a manufacturing company, originally from Yorkshire, who established in Blackpool in the 1920s. They made mostly industrial wooden products, with a venture into rocking horses in the 1930s. They used so much wood that they were Blackpool's sawdust suppliers of choice. Their designs of rocking horses were mostly basic box horses and similar, reflecting the increasing mass market that toys were becoming.

Box horses were very simple and cheap rocking horses made using little more than a plain box, with simple head and legs attached. They were popular for the mass market from the 1920's into the 1960s until replaced by even cheaper plastic toys.

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.

Sallys Rocking Horses Ltd. Registered with Companies House No 5351212
Registered Address 1 Shepherds Yard, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH
Tel (01938) 561363
VAT Reg No 863 0276 29

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