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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 (if 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 and have been enjoyed throughout many years!

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F H Ayres Rocking Horse, circa 1900

Augustus is a very large F H Ayres, a rarity with a number 6 carved on his forehead, this dates him to pre-1900 and is thought to be linked to productivity, the number 6 was applied to some large horses. His stand has the remnants of a stencil 'patented 1880'.


His original paint was sadly unable to be saved and he has had a full professional restore to his original design, however retaining his aged look and character. He even has the pommel on his saddle which would have been used for young ladies to ride side saddle many years ago.


We have before and after photos which we are happy to pass onto his new owners. Please note the photo of his forehead is prior to restoration. His browband now mostly covers the carving.


Augustus is a special and stunning horse with great presence and beauty and would make a wonderful focal point to any room. He is also fit and ready to ride.


His measurements are:

Height     134cm

Length     159cm

Width        45cm





J R Smith Rocking Horse, circa 1900
'Baxter' is a J R Smith horse, bought locally at auction in mostly original condition. He has had a replacement aged saddle and he may possibly have had replacement hair at some point, we believe the rest to be original. He originally had his swing irons mounted vertically, this was to encourage the child to put in more effort to make the horse swing as opposed to those set at an angle as it more usual. At some point the irons have been moved so that they are at the more traditional angle and therefore make the horse swing more freely. You can see where the brackets have been moved to achieve this.
A rare and appealing old horse in great condition.
His measurements are:
Height:   110cm
Width:    46cm
Length: 132cm


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 as it had some woodworm to the base, however the posts are original as is her paintwork and tack. Her saddle cloth is very delicate and does show its age, with some slight damage, however to a collector or as an investment piece this is best preserved rather than replaced with new.  Molly has glass eyes and is a perfect example of this make of horse.
A delight to have in the home, we would suggest due to the delicate nature of the saddle cloth and its investment value, this horse would be best preserved as a fine piece of furniture rather than a ridden horse. The horse however is solid and fully fit for riding.
Her measurements are:
Height:   87cm
Width:    41cm
Length: 110cm


Bella is an medium sized F H Ayres rokcing horse on a safety stand, circa 1930. She has been professionally restored by Stevenson however retains an appropriate aged look. She has lovely soft silky horsehair mane and tail and glass eyes.


Her measurements are:


Length  112 cm

Height    98 cm

Width     38 cm




'Bentley' is a small but stocky hardwood rocking horse on a safety stand. His maker is unknown, however his age has been identified as early 20th century. He retains all his originality, including his tack, hair and rusty stirrups!

If Bentley is intended to be ridden then we can add new stirrups and stirrup leathers but as a decorative or collectors piece he is best left in his original great condition. Bentley came to us covered in thick layers of dust and dirt, we imagine he had been sitting in someone's attic for many years. He has had a thorough clean and hair wash, his woodwork touched up and his broken rein mended, his wood is now lustrous and he looks a million dollars!  His saddle is perfect for little ones to hold onto, he has a removable bridle and saddle, glass eyes and real horsehair mane and tail. 


His measurements are:


Height 82cm

Length 108cm

Width 41cm.




Ace is a stunning, medium sized Haddon fibreglass rocking horse mounted on a safety stand, circa 1980. He has been completely refurbished, having had a full repaint, new horse hair mane and tail and new top quality leather tack. His stand has been sanded and re-varnished in a walnut satin finish.


His measurements are:-


Height 106cm

Length 137cm

Width 45cm


Ace has been in the same family for the last 40 years. He was ridden by many schoolchildren in the family's bookstore where he lived until he was taken home for the grandchildren to ride.




Max is a waxed wooden rocking horse mounted on a safety stand. We have given him a brand new top quality removable leather bridle with brass bit, new stirrup leathers and new brass stirrups. His fixed saddle is original as is his real horsehair mane and tail.  He has glass eyes.


His measurements are:


Length  134 cm

Height    109 cm

Width     54 cm




Gulliver is a Lines Bros Sportiboy SP2 circa 1925. He has been recently fully professionally restored by David Vine and will look good for many years to come.


His measurements are:


Length  112 cm

Height    96 cm

Width     38 cm




'Blanche' is a small dapple grey Lines Bros Sportiboy SP1 rocking horse, circa 1920. She has been recently fully professionally restored by David Vine and so will look great for many years to come.


Her measurements are:


Length 90 cm

Height 85 cm

Width  35 cm


Blanche is a stunning horse and would look truly magnificent as the centrepiece of a sitting room or hallway, equally she is fit and ready to ride.




Raven is a medium sized Haddon rocking horse on a beautiful bow rocker. She has been recently restored and has had a new horsehair mane and tail and brand new custom made removable tack made of top quality leather.


Raven is a fibreglass horse so is light enough to easily move around the house but strong and sturdy enough to take the average adult weight.


Her measurements are:-

Height 102cm

Length 145cm

Width 35cm




Grace' is a light dapple grey F H Ayres extra carved rocking horse on a safety stand, circa 1910. We have tried to retain her originality and character as much as possible whilst giving her a new lease of life.


Grace has had new tack, made from top quality English Sedgewick leather, which consistes of fixed bridle, saddle and martingale, decorated with new red rosettes and new stirrup leathers. We have not changed her paintwork, hair, saddle cloth and stirrups. We have even managed to reuse the original aged nails for her tack. Her stand has been refurbished, the pillars,top rail and foot rails are all original, the base has been replaced. It has all been painted in a satin black finish.


Her measurements are:

Length 137cm, Height 107cm, Width 43cm


F H Ayres are known as the 'Rolls Royce' of rocking horse makers and a horse of her quality would most likely have been sold in Harrods and Selfridges. Being extra carved makes her the top of the range model and Ayres horses with original paintwork are much sought after.


Grace is fit and ready to ride, although she would look equally as good as a piece of fine furniture and a true heirloom to pass along the generations.  £2500  




'Luna' is a recently restored painted dapple grey rocking horse on a safety stand. Painted in Farrow and Ball colours, she is hardwood and very heavy and solid. She has a carved mane and luxurious horse hair tail. She has a real leather removable bridle, a fixed real leather dark brown saddle with fluffy numnah, brand new English Sedgwick leather stirrup leathers and new stirrups too.


Her measurements are: Length 120cm, height 103cm, width 51cm.


'Luna' is a great horse for a child to ride but is equally as attractive to have as a piece of fine furniture in any equestrian lovers home.  £450

Please see below a small selection of our recently sold horses                 Arabella - F.H Ayres

Octavius - Rare F H Ayres 'D' Type

Winston  - F H Ayres


Marley - 1980's Haddon






Lottie - Collinson










Belle - Collinson


Basil - Relko



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 £345




Prince - F H Ayres


Oliver - Peverel

Poppy -Collinson


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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