Imported rocking horse on swing stand

Imported rocking horse

This horse is new despite the worn look of the paintwork. It has not lost its bridle, it never had one. Note the carved mane; traditional English horses had horse or cow hair manes and tails (with the hair attached to the hide). A carved mane or tail on a rocking horse is an excellent indication that the horse is foreign and new. ( Remember that genuine carousel horses are different, they generally did have carved manes).

Imported horses often have old-looking glass eyes so don't take them as an indication of age. Many imports have handles coming sideways out of the head; this is incorrect on a rocking horse on a swing stand or bow. Handles of various designs are found on some genuine (and fake) tricycle horses.

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