Daisy is an imposing restored early Ayres rocking horse.
This is a large horse, do not think his height is "just 48 inches", these early Ayres stood much lower on the stand, with a body length of 29", this is the size of rocking horse we would expect to find with a height of 52" or more.
The substantive stand nice in perfect condition, again a substantive solid stand with morticed joints of a similar type Ayres used on their later famous D Types.
Finally such a stunning horse could not have been without extra carving, including teeth and a tongue. Daisy is close to being the ultimate collector's horse for many
Fully restored with replacement tack, mane and tail, "Daisy" is in excellent condition.
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.
"Extra carving" refers to additional detailed carving put on a horse on the neck and legs to replicate musculature and give a more realistic look to the horse. It was often an additional extra on otherwise standard horses.
To purchase or find out more about this horse, please contact Sally, either by email or phone on the links on the footer, or better still, visit our showroom in the scenic Shropshire Hills, we would be delighted to see you.