Grey Rocking Horse after F.H. Ayres
The finest original Victorian rocking horses stood
out from the crowd of the many poorly designed and crudely
made examples by dint of their unmistakable poise and
stature. We capture these qualities by faithfully adhering
to the proportions of the original patterns and re-creating
their distinctive posture. This applies particularly
to the heads, which attract so many of our customers.
The head of this - our most favoured style of Lancaster
- is inspired by F.H. Ayres. Like the best Ayres horses,
the heads are detailed and friendly. Like the cream
of their Victorian forebears, the head is slightly turned
in a diffident but dignified manner.
Equally important is the finish: the Lancaster is entrusted
to an expert in the reproduction of the antique patina.
A painstaking and lengthy process, which involves special
techniques and artists' materials applied entirely by
hand, simulates the appearance of the tiny number of
Victorian originals which have survived with paintwork
This creates subtle paintwork with tonal variation
and depth and an understated dappling to compliment
the character of the horse. Our customers particularly
like the fact that there is great attention to detail
in the painting and that it is not just one uniform
colour. Rather, it is skilfully built-up in layers.
The above photo illustrates the typical finished
appearance, which includes a beautifully upholstered
saddle in deluxe
leather of a type used for fine Chesterfield sofas. This
is durable and robust and of the finest quality. You
will note the tonal staining of the leather to enhance
the appearance further.
The result is a very special rocking horse offered
in two sizes. The large plus size, pictured
above, is suitable for rising by children of all ages,
including those well over the age of 21!!
Some Features of all Lancaster Horses
Lovely, detailed and friendly faces
Slightly turned heads in the style of the very finest
19th Century British rocking horses
Crack-resistant construction ensures long life
Wonderfully detailed paint finish gives gorgeous finish
which simulates natural ageing
Unique system gives extra long life to mane and tail
and minimal moulting
De-luxe saddle and saddle blanket made from top quality,
durable Chesterfield leather
Leather has subtle tonal variations and is available
in choice of colours
Also available on bow rockers for even more 'period'
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