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Are you looking for a unique gift for that special person?  


Whether it be for a child to treasure and play on or as a beautiful piece of furniture, all our horses are extra special and have been restored (where necessary) with the utmost care and attention to detail. We have a variety of horses to suit all pockets, with prices starting at just £345 and each is unique and characterful.


Every horse is solid and fully rideable, although please expect the odd minor age-related characteristic as most of our horses are vintage or antique and have been enjoyed throughout many years!

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Display Size Horses

Sara-Marie -2002 Peter Laurence

Sara-Marie - 2002 Peter Laurence


'Sara-Marie' is a fully working display sized unpainted wooden rocking horse mounted on a safety stand. She was made in 2002 by Peter Laurence and has glass eyes, real horsehair mane and tail and leather tack.


Her dimensions are:-


Length 67cm

Height 56cm

Width 24cm


She is the perfect size to fit him into any home and her natural wood finish will suit any decor.


Not suitable for riding.



Full Size Horses

Onyx - Fully restored

Onyx'  - fully restored, circa 1980


Onyx is a stunning, medium sized fibregalss rocking horse on a safety stand, circa 1980's. He has been completely refurbished, having had a full repaint, new horse hair mane and tail, new top quality leather removable tack comprising of bridle with fulmer bit, leather saddle, martingale and crupper and a cream faux sheepskin numnah. His stand has been sanded and re-waxed.


His measurements are:-


Height 106 cm

Length 138 cm

Width 44 cm


Maisie - Frank Williams

Maisie - Frank Williams


'Maisie' is a beautiful large varnished wooden rocking horse mounted on a safety stand, 1995. In great condition, with glass eyes, real horsehair mane and tail and removable leather tack. Built for riding, this horse has a substantial leather saddle with real sized stirrups and stirrup leathers.


Maisie also looks fabulous as a display piece as her wood grain is beautiful and she gleams so is a real centrepiece.


Maisie came to us from a private home. She has her makers name on a brass plate on her stand.


Her measurements are:-


Height 118cm

Length 152cm

Width 53cm




Phoenix - Withers & Co

Phoenix - Withers & Co


Phoenix is a hand carved 'Withers & Co' horse. She has extra carving and is beautifully made, with glass eyes, graceful neck and turned head, real horsehair mane and tail and brass plaque to her stand. She has a fixed leather saddle and quality removable leather bridle with fulmer bit.


She is heavy!


Her measurements are:-


Length 134cm

Height 107cm

Width 46cm




Jacques - Carousel style


Jacques is a beautiful carved wooden carousel-style horse on wheels, mounted on rockers. He detaches from the base so that he may be used on wheels or mounted on the stand as a rocker, which would have made him a very versatile toy.


He has lovely paintwork with kind glass eyes and realistic dappling and shading. He has a carved mane and real horsehair tail. His saddle is real leather with ornate carving to the flaps.


We think Jacques would make a lovely display piece, however he is large enough for a toddler to ride if wished.


His measurements are:-


Length 120cm

Height 84cm

Width 38cm



Eclipse - Solid Ash


Eclipse'  - solid ash rocking horse


'Eclipse' is our own large bay 'Elite Rocking Horse', he has a black real horsehair mane and tail, a fixed leather bridle and saddle, with nickel stirrups, bit and buckles all to match. He is made of solid ash and is very heavy!


Although Eclipse is a new horse he has been stored, however he is in excellent condition and has been stored wrapped.

His measurements are:-

Height 126 cm

Length 149 cm

Width 50 cm



Estelle - G & J Lines

Estelle - 'Improved Old Style Rocking Horse' 1915


Beautiful G & J Lines Improved Old Style Rocking Horse 'Estelle', circa 1915 on a bow. This horse is very pretty with a delicate carved face, glass eyes and real horsehair mane and tail. She has fixed leather tack.


Estelle has had a light professional restore and is in great  condition. Her bow has had a repair but it is solid and no issue at all.


Her measurements are:


Height 100 cm

Length 184 cm

Width 38 cm



Antoine - French 'cheval bascule' 1914

Antoine - Circa 1914


Antoine is an excellent example of an antique French 'cheval bascule' rocking horse. He retains his original saddle and is in excellent condition for his age.  Antoine has both wheels and a rocker so would have been a very versatile plaything.


He is display sized and as he is quite rare he will be a real collectors piece to add to your home furnishings.


His measurements are:


Height 73 cm

Length 94 cm

Width 33 cm




Nelson - F H ayres


Nelson is a F H Ayres rocking horse on a safety stand, circa 1930. We have given him a little bit of tlc and sanded and re-painted his stand. Some of his paintwork does show minor movement in accordance with his age. He has fixed tack and glass eyes.


Nelson has quite a presence about him and has been much admired in the short time he has been with us.


He is a large horse and his measurements are below:-


Height 117cm
Length 137cm
Width 43cm
Height to saddle 92cm


F H Ayres ( 1801 - 1940) are thought to be the 'Rolls-Royce' of rocking horse makers and these horses are much desired as an investment piece.





Stevenson Brothers 1996


'Titan' is a 1996 Stevenson Brothers dapple grey painted rocking horse mounted on a safety stand. We have fitted a new horsehair mane and tail but otherwise he remains in great original condition.


Titan has extra carving to his neck and expressive glass eyes. He has a flowing mane and tail. His tack is tan leather and he has a removable bridle. He even has numbers on his stirrup leathers, just like a real horse!


His measurements are:


Height 122cm

Length 142cm

Width 46cm


Twins Marc and Tony Stevenson have been hand-crafting rocking horses sine 1982. They employ eight specialist craftsmen, each with a specific job. The tack is made in-house at Stevenson Bros by a professional saddler.






Paul Leach, circa 1895


'Athena' is a beautiful Paul Leach rocking horse on a safety stand, circa 1895. She is in original condition apart from a new horsehair mane and tail, we also believe she had has new aged reins added. She is delicately carved, with glass eyes and leather tack and also retains her original two removable pommels on her saddle.


This is quite a rare horse in great original condition. She is strong and sturdy, however we feel due to her original paintwork and to retain her value, she is suitable as a collectors item.

We really love this horse, she has extra carving and delicate features and her originality adds to give her bags of character.

Athena has come to us from a private collection.


Her measurements are:-


Height 113cm

Length 140cm

Width 49cm


Paul Leach (1826 - 1899)




J R Smith, circa 1900


'Troy' is a medium sized J R Smith rocking horse, circa 1900. He is in good original condition, with the addition of a new mane, tail and forelock in his original grey colour.


Troy's stand has had a small amount of woodworm at some point in his life, there was no evidence of any remaining, the wood is strong and stable, however we have treated it and filled the holes. The result is in keeping with a piece of its age.


Troy would make a wonderful focal point to any room. He is also fit and ready to ride, however he is an antique horse in original condition so don't expect his tack to look brand new!


His measurements are:


Height 102cm

Length 113cm

Width 41cm


J R Smith was founded in 1881 by Mr J R Smith senior and was passed to his two sons around 1910 when he retired. J R Smith was acquired by J R Smith Ltd in 1916 and a new company J R Smith (Toys) Ltd in 1932 which sadly closed in 1938. It appears no rocking horses were produced after 1916.




Baby Carriages 'Rambler' Rocking Horse, circa 1935.
'Molly' is a delightful, nursery-sized rocking horse mounted on a safety stand. She has been recently lightly preserved by a professional restorer, she has had new aged stirrup leathers and stirrups and some nice new cows hair for her mane and tail, as originally fitted. Her stand has had a little work, however the posts are original as is her paintwork and tack. Her saddle cloth has been replaced as close to the original as possible using the original trim and nails. Molly has glass eyes and is a perfect example of this make of horse.
It is rare to find a Baby Carriages horse in such good mostly original condition and Molly would be a delight to have in the home. The horse is solid and fully fit for riding or equally as a fine collectors piece to admire.
Her measurements are:
Height:   87cm
Width:    41cm
Length: 110cm
Baby Carriages was incorporated in 1906, previously known as Hill and Harrison, with the main business then being the manufacture of prams. In 1916 six sizes of horses were offered for sale. The business closed in 1963. 

Please see below a small selection of our favourite sold horses.            

For a larger gallery of our sold horses please click here

Arabella - F. H Ayres

Octavius - Rare F H Ayres 'D' Type

Jacob - Wilson Silver Cross, circa 1910, very rare

Gulliver - Lines Sportiboy 2

Winston  - F H Ayres

Baxter - J R Smith circa 1900

Abbigail - Stevenson Bros Extra Large with secret safe

Augustus - Restored F H Ayres


Theodore is our resident 'dinky' horse, suitable for display only, we think he is simply adorable! He has been painstakingly crafted with meticulous attention to detail, to replicate a traditional horse on a bow rocker. He is in perfect condition and ready to display. As he is a miniature version, we may be able to post him to you, please ask for a quote.

His measurements are: Length 91cm, Height 53cm, Width 22cm


Cornelius - Rare F H Ayres 'D' Type

Prince - F H Ayres

Oliver - Peverel


If you see a horse you like but would like something changed or have a specific requirement, please let us now as we will do our best to help you. Often tack and hair colour can be easily changed (at a small extra cost) and  we will do our best to customise paintwork or find a horse that suits your requirements.


Our new showroom is now open and ready at our home on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders, you are welcome to visit by appointment, just call 01379 588472.

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