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The Rocking Horse: A History of Moving Toy Horses Hardcover – January, 1992
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This book examines the history of moving toy horses in England, America and Europe, in particular Germany. It covers major manufacturers of the past, includ. G & J Lines of London, the Whitney Reed Company, & details important patents for rocking horse inventions in the 19th & early 20th centuries. Examines ways of identifying the horses of certain manufacturers and maker's marks are clearly shown. For the first time rocking horse enthusiast and collectors have a guide to determining the origins of pieces.
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There is not that much information on the classic English rocking horse, sadly, maybe as there is very little concrete information available in museums and libraries-the usual places for research.
The book is lovely to own, however, even if the price is hefty. [but do shop around- rocking horse dealers feel they have a captive audience and charge accordingly]
There is a lot of information on toy horses worldwide, but personally I would like to have seen much more information on the classic English rocking horse, specifically Bow- rocker horses. -For Australian readers and those from Germany there is much more information provided.
The book brought rocking horses to a more mainstream audience, and prices have risen significantly after it's publication for even mediocre rocking horses. If you own a special rocking horse, keep him, as he will doubtless rise in value!
Is the book worth buying? for aficionados, yes, but do try to shop around.
For those with a passing interest, the price could be offputting, with very high prices approaching £150 being asked! [it is possible to pick up pristine copies for way less than this, prices as low as £25, £35 £50 have been paid for unread copies]
It's a large book, with space for lots of beautiful colour photos of old rocking horses, and other moving horse toys such as pull and push horses. There are sections on the early origins of rocking horses, the important English, European, American, and Australian makers. There is a section on conservation, restoration and reproductions.
If you are trying to find information on some particular aspect of rocking horses, it is likely to be here. Though out of print and expensive, all the collectors/restorers I know have a copy.
It is not quite perfect; to my mind, Patricia Mullins does not give enough space to the great English makers, F.H. Ayres and the various Lines family firms. I'd like an extensive, easy to use chart on identification. But these are minor cavils.
If you are a rocking horse enthusiast, you need this book.