Imported rocking horse

Imported rocking horse on 
swing stand

Look at the carving here. The carver is not sure what a horse should look like so there are errors not seen in genuine antique English rocking horses. The front feet look like upside-down flower pots; there is no pastern between the hoof and the fetlock. Poor feet are a feature of so many of these horses and they are easy to spot so learn what they should look like. The heavy groove at the back and front of the fore legs is completely wrong. The grooves to show muscling are crude and misplaced.

This chap also has a carved saddle which is wrong. Unlike carousel horses, old English rocking horses always had saddles made from leather or leathercloth with fabric trimmings. They were nearly always nailed in place with brass domed upholstery nails.

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