Ayres Stable of Rocking Horses
Widely regarded as the finest victorian and Edwardian rocking
horses, Frederick Henry Ayres combined a flair for innovation with
Ayres's horses tended to look more masculine, the
large top of the range extra carved horses are certainly
impressive. The magnificent Ayres D Type models are very
sought after featuring extra carving, turned and tilted
heads and impressive fully morticed stands. Ayres also made
spring stand horses, patent turning head models and bow
rocking horses to mention but a few innovations.
Small Ayres rocking horse
A 30" restored rocking horse by F H Ayres.
A 44" restored rocking horse by F H Ayres
Frederick Henry Ayres was one of the leading late Victorian
toy and rocking horse manufacturers. Probably second only to Lines
in output, many would regard Ayres as more classic. F H Ayres was
innovative with a string of interesting patents for rocking horse
designs. The firm was based at 111 Aldersgate, London from 1864
until 1940, supplying most London department stores, such as Harrods
as well as being widely exported. Ayres rocking horses are
undoubtably the most collectable of antique rocking horses.