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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  *SOLD*


'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

Samson - Stevenson Bros -Extra Large

'Samson' - Stevenson Bros Extra Large with secret safe


Samson is an extra-large Stevenson Bros rocking horse on a substantial bow. He is made of oak and has a beautiful horse hair mane and tail, glass eyes and a hidden secret compartment with key. He has a removable leather bridle and fixed leather saddle.


Samson is very large and heavy! He is in fabulous condition and was made in 2000.


We have cleaned and polished all leather, sanded and re-waxed the bow and re-waxed the horse and conditioned his hair.


His measurements are:

Height 127cm

Length 220 cm

Width 56 cm




'Beauty' - Circa 2000


Beauty is a beautiful, medium sized wooden rocking horse on a safety stand, circa 2000. She has been completely refurbished, having just had a full repaint, new horse hair tail and new top quality leather tack. Her stand has been sanded and re-varnished in a walnut finish.


She is a real Black Beauty just waiting for a new owner to love her as much as we do!


Her measurements are:-


Height 104 cm

Length 135 cm

Width 55 cm




Drummer - Circa 2000


Drummer' is a large dapple grey wooden rocking horse mounted on a safety stand. He was made by a local craftsman in Suffolk around 20 years ago and has been in the same horsey family until now, where he was enjoyed by their grandchildren who are now grown up.


We have fitted a new horsehair mane and tail and given Drummer a new top quality removable leather bridle and stirrup leathers but otherwise he remains in great original condition.

Drummer has extra carving throughout and glass eyes. He has a flowing mane and tail.


His measurements are:


Height 130cm

Length 152cm

Width 54cm





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




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.






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

Athena - Paul Leach

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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