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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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Cornelius - Rare F H Ayres 'D' Type

F H Ayres 'D' Type, circa 1925


'Cornelius' is a rare and special 'D' type F H Ayres rocking horse, circa 1925, with extra carving, carved tongue and turned head. He has a 'Harrods of Knightsbridge' stencil on his stand.


Cornelius was shipped to South Africa in the 1930's and shipped back to the UK about 10 years ago, when he was bought by a private collector, who had him restored by David Kiss. He was repainted and given a new mane and tail. He retains his original removable saddle and will come with a new top quality removable leather bridle.


Cornelius is a special horse and a very desirable investment, this 'D' type rarely comes onto the market.


His measurements are:-


Height 103cm

Length 127cm

Width 40cm


F H Ayres (1801 - 1940) are known as the 'Rolls Royce' of rocking horse makers and Cornelius would have been sold in Harrods, as confirmed by the stencil on his stand of the Harrods name and a number 5. These horses are much desired as an investment piece.




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)




'Shiloh' is a beautiful varnished medium sized rocking horse on a safety stand, made by J.Michael Gallagher of Scotland. She has long flowing horsehair mane and tail, glass eyes, a removable bridle and fixed saddle. She also has a realistic tilt to her head which gives her character and presence.


Shiloh is in immaculate condition and has no blemishes, her stand is in excellent condition and has bevelled edges which are often only on the highest quality products.


Her measurements are:


Height 107cm

Length 122cm

Width 46cm




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.




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


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.





'Tilly' is a lovely wooden horse with dapples on a safety stand. She is very heavy and has a tilted head to make her appear more realistic. She has a real horsehair mane, tail and forelock, glass eyes, removable leather bridle and fixed saddle, with brass stirrups.


We have given Tilly some TLC and she is in excellent condition, her stand has been sanded and re-varnished in walnut.


Her measurements are:


Length 134cm


Height 105cm


Width 46cm


Tilly would be a delightful gift for any child to love or simply as a piece of furniture to be admired.




Finn is a massive 59" tall Relko rocking horse on a bow, made in 1977. He is truly a giant and in fact the size of a real pony! He is certainly eye catching and we have never seen another quite this big, he has huge presence and is in absolutely immaculate condition, there is not a mark on him.


Finn has an impressive horsehair mane and tail and glass eyes. We have fitted him with top quality removable leather tack so if he is to be displayed as a eye catching piece of furniture the tack can be removed if preferred.


His measurments are:


Length 245cm

Height 150cm

Width 53cm


Relko have confirmed that Finn was one of the first horses they made, each horse was individual and made with care and from the best materials that were available.


Relko horses were produced by craftsmen with hand tools on a farm in rural Devon. In 1993 Relko moved to New Zealand and continued the business, sadly they are now retired and no longer making any horses.




Blossom is a restored Collinson rocking horse mounted on a safety stand, circa 1970.


She is a good size, not too small but easy to fit into your home and is equally ready to display or for a child to ride. Ideal horse for Granny to keep at her house to admire and for the grandchildren to ride when they visit.


Her measurements are:


Length 122cm

Height 94cm

Width 41cm


Collinson was one of the longest established rocking horse makers in the UK, reputedly set up around 1836 and closing in 1994.




'Harley' is a F H Ayres rocking horse mounted on a safety stand, circa 1925. F H Ayres is considered to be the 'Rolls Royce' of makers, and this horse is likely to have been sold in Harrod's or Selfridges.


We believe much of Harley to be original, he has had a new saddle cloth at some point and we have replaced his stirrups and stirrup leathers with aged ones as these were missing. The 'repair' to his saddle is an old one and is actually not a repair as the flap is present underneath but it has been added to cover pommel holes that are present on both sides.


He has glass eyes and a real horsehair mane and tail. He has 4 holes in his stand that we believe were used to fasten him to the floor to provide extra stability, this would suggest he may have been homed in a nursery or school at some point. His stand has chamfered edges which is superior to the basic straight cut edge.


His measurements are:


Height 99cm

Length 110cm

Width 38cm


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.




'Solomon' is a large palomino 'Elite Rocking Horse', he has a cream horsehair mane and tail and top quality removable leather tack in black, with nickel fittings. He is made of solid ash and is very heavy!


His measurements are:-

Height 120 cm

Length 148 cm

Width 50 cm




Harrods 1988


'Melody' is a beautiful waxed wooden rocking horse on a bow. She was purchased from Harrod's of London in 1988.
She has a cream horsehair mane and tail and we have given her brand new top quality removable leather tack. She is a lovely shape and we especially love her kind eyes and delicately carved face.
Her measurements are:-
Height     99cm
Length   156cm
Width       37cm
Melody is fit and ready to ride, although she would also look stunning as a piece of fine furniture to be admired and as an heirloom to pass along the generations.


'Andorra' is our own large palomino 'Elite Rocking Horse', she has a flowing cream horsehair mane and tail and top quality removable leather tack in tan colour, with brass fittings. She is made of solid ash and is very heavy!


Although Andorra is a new horse she has been stored, however she is in perfect condition and has no blemishes.



Her measurements are:-


Height   120  cm

Length  148 cm

Width     50  cm




'Spirit' is a medium sized Haddon rocking horse mounted on a safety stand, circa late 1980's. She is a fibreglass horse so you won't get any 'cracks' caused by movement of the blocks over time as you would with a wooden horse so she will look pristine for longer. She has just had a complete restore with new paint, horsehair mane and tail and top quality leather removable tack.


She is fit and raring to go rocking!


Her dimensions are:-


Height 104cm

Length 132cm

Width 46cm





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.
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. 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
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. 


Lines Bros Ltd, circa 1920


'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.


Lines Bros Ltd consisted of three brothers, William, Walter and Arthur and was formed in 1919. The brothers were the children of Joseph Lines of G&J Lines, which was established around 1860 and was probably the most experienced toy manufacturer in the UK.  G& J Lines closed in 1931, Lines Bros Ltd continued until 1978. By 1931 Lines Bros Ltd employed over 1,000 staff and had just purchased the famous London toy store 'Hamleys'.



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

Octavius - Rare F H Ayres 'D' Type

Jacob - Wilson Silver Cross, circa 1910, very rare

Cassius - Stevenson 1997

Gulliver - Lines Sportiboy 2

Winston  - F H Ayres

Baxter - J R Smith circa 1900

Bailey - Haddon


Bella - F H Ayres

Grace - F H Ayres


Lottie - 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


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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