English Antiques

Wonderful Antique Rocking Horse by Ayres, London

A very beautiful antique rocking horse by the well known maker Ayres, London.

Ayres rocking horses have a storied history dating back to the 19th century in London. Established by J. Collinson Ayres in 1864, the company quickly gained a reputation for crafting high-quality rocking horses. These horses were not just toys but often considered works of art.

The early Ayres rocking horses were intricately carved and hand-painted, displaying a remarkable attention to detail. They became popular among the Victorian upper class, gracing the nurseries of many affluent families.

Ayres offered various models, ranging from small children’s horses to larger, more elaborate designs. The rocking horses were made from wood and featured leather saddles and horsehair manes, contributing to their authentic and lifelike appearance.

Over the years, Ayres adapted its designs to changing tastes, but the commitment to craftsmanship and quality endured. While the original Ayres company ceased production in the mid-20th century, the legacy lives on through collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate the timeless charm of Ayres rocking horses.




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England Makers: Ayres, London


Height: 123cm (48.4 inches)
Width: 43cm (16.9 inches)
Length: 137.5cm (54.1 inches)

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