A Mid-Victorian Carved Pine & Dappled Painted Pull-a-Long Horse c.1860-70


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Object Description

The decorative child’s Victorian dappled carved and painted wooden pull-a-long horse, with one front leg raised, having a black leather saddle and harness, plaited horse-hare and mane, to a black painted base and four wheels, surviving in un-touched condition from mid-nineteenth century England.

Object History


Object Literature

A favourite toy of children who could already walk was a pull-along horse on wheels and by pulling it with a string, the horse would tamely follow the child. It did not take very long before these pull-along horses on wheels became large enough to bear the weight of a child and in a short time these toys started to be made for riding.

A hugely evocative and sculptural piece in beautifully time-worn condition.

Object Condition

The condition is entirely original and thus there are commensurate areas of wear but this is nothing short of desirable to many, with expected amounts of play-worn associated wear and a beautiful craquelure to the paint. It remains stable and running on its wheels with the horse hair tail, ears and hooves all remaining largely in tact as are the original wheels on which he sits.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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