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Cowboys and Indians horse toy lot
Cowboys and Indians horse toy lot
$5.00
Lot Of 8 Vintage Toy Horses 3 Saddles and 4 Sections Of Fence
Lot Of 8 Vintage Toy Horses 3 Saddles and 4 Sections Of Fence
$10.00
LOT OF 3 VINTAGE DIECAST TOY HORSES MADE IN ENGLAND BROWN
LOT OF 3 VINTAGE DIECAST TOY HORSES MADE IN ENGLAND BROWN
$18.99
LOT OF 2 VINTAGE DIECAST TOY HORSES MADE IN ENGLAND BLACK
LOT OF 2 VINTAGE DIECAST TOY HORSES MADE IN ENGLAND BLACK
$12.99
marx toys horse saddle blanket
marx toys horse saddle blanket
$2.50
Vintage 1950s Hartland Semi Rearing Pinto Broken arrows Horse
Vintage 1950s Hartland Semi Rearing Pinto Broken arrows Horse
$24.99
Hand Made Straw Cane Cowboy on a Horse
Hand Made Straw Cane Cowboy on a Horse
$14.95
Vintage MEN OF THE WEST 201 Die Cast Metal Minature CRAZY HORSE in Pkg
Vintage MEN OF THE WEST 201 Die Cast Metal Minature CRAZY HORSE in Pkg
$7.99
Bergen Toy Indian on a Horse Western Toy Vintage
Bergen Toy Indian on a Horse Western Toy Vintage
$5.99
Arabian Horse Saddle Rider Funrise Toy 1988 White
Arabian Horse Saddle Rider Funrise Toy 1988 White
$12.99
Conestoga Wagon  Horses Vintage to Antique Hand Crafted Covered Wagon Virginia
Conestoga Wagon Horses Vintage to Antique Hand Crafted Covered Wagon Virginia
$349.99
Old vintage Lone Ranger 1938 OBC Safety Club badge pin western hero horse
Old vintage Lone Ranger 1938 OBC Safety Club badge pin western hero horse
$44.95
25 PC COWBOYS INDIANS STAGECOACH HORSES CANOE TEEPEE FIRE RING LASSO WESTERN TOY
25 PC COWBOYS INDIANS STAGECOACH HORSES CANOE TEEPEE FIRE RING LASSO WESTERN TOY
$9.99
Equestrian toys One small horse with saddle various sized  other Vintage
Equestrian toys One small horse with saddle various sized other Vintage
$17.99
1950s Vintage Marx Ranger Cork Pistol Embossed Horse Head Handle
1950s Vintage Marx Ranger Cork Pistol Embossed Horse Head Handle
$9.99
Marx Vintage Yellow Cowboy Rides A Horse Played with condition
Marx Vintage Yellow Cowboy Rides A Horse Played with condition
$4.50
1950s Vintage Marx Red Ranger Cork Pistol Embossed Horse Head Handle
1950s Vintage Marx Red Ranger Cork Pistol Embossed Horse Head Handle
$9.99
Vintage Roy Rogers Figure w Horse
Vintage Roy Rogers Figure w Horse
$3.25
Vintage Miniature Toy Horse and Cow
Vintage Miniature Toy Horse and Cow
$9.99
Mix Lot of 20 Vintage Miniature Horses  2 Cowboys  Saddles
Mix Lot of 20 Vintage Miniature Horses 2 Cowboys Saddles
$10.85
WOOD FOLK ART HORSES AND WAGON
WOOD FOLK ART HORSES AND WAGON
$10.85
Vintage Antique Mohair Horse W Hangtag Maydee Toy
Vintage Antique Mohair Horse W Hangtag Maydee Toy
$35.99
1966 BONANZA OUTLAW Cartwright figure  Horse
1966 BONANZA OUTLAW Cartwright figure Horse
$375.00
VINTAGE FLEXIBLE FLYER STEP UP SPRING ROCKING HORSE w STIRRUPS PICK UP ONLY
VINTAGE FLEXIBLE FLYER STEP UP SPRING ROCKING HORSE w STIRRUPS PICK UP ONLY
$125.00
Miniaturre Plastic Cowboys  Indians  Horses Lot
Miniaturre Plastic Cowboys Indians Horses Lot
$20.00
Vintage Saddle for Lone Ranger Figures Horse Silver 1973 Gabriel FREE SHIPPING
Vintage Saddle for Lone Ranger Figures Horse Silver 1973 Gabriel FREE SHIPPING
$18.99
Bar X Dude Ranch Litho Tin Lollipop Bank Cowboys  Horses US Metal Toy
Bar X Dude Ranch Litho Tin Lollipop Bank Cowboys Horses US Metal Toy
$14.99
Original Marx Johnny West Poncho Horse Saddle  Bridle Action Figure
Original Marx Johnny West Poncho Horse Saddle Bridle Action Figure
$11.99
PLASTIC HORSE VINTAGE MADE IN HONG KONG GOOD CONDITION 6 X 7 NICE TOY
PLASTIC HORSE VINTAGE MADE IN HONG KONG GOOD CONDITION 6 X 7 NICE TOY
$7.99
LOT OF 8 PLASTIC HORSE TOY MODEL DISPLAY FIGURINE FELT ON PLASTIC NICE GIFTS
LOT OF 8 PLASTIC HORSE TOY MODEL DISPLAY FIGURINE FELT ON PLASTIC NICE GIFTS
$15.99
Marx PANCHO PONY Johnny West Marx Best Of The West Indian Horse Thunderbolt
Marx PANCHO PONY Johnny West Marx Best Of The West Indian Horse Thunderbolt
$29.95
Vintage 1950s MARX large ROY ROGERS Horse SADDLE
Vintage 1950s MARX large ROY ROGERS Horse SADDLE
$10.00
vintage 1980 childs western lone ranger rubber holster horse buckle CBS INC
vintage 1980 childs western lone ranger rubber holster horse buckle CBS INC
$5.00
Vintage Plastic Palomino Horse with Saddle 1970 Hong Kong for Boys
Vintage Plastic Palomino Horse with Saddle 1970 Hong Kong for Boys
$10.00
Hartland Horses Buffalo Bill Pony Express
Hartland Horses Buffalo Bill Pony Express
$189.00
VINTAGE JAPAN DIECAST ROY ROGERS TRIGGER LIKE METAL HORSE
VINTAGE JAPAN DIECAST ROY ROGERS TRIGGER LIKE METAL HORSE
$8.99
Vintage Hobby Horse
Vintage Hobby Horse
$18.50
MARX JOHNNY WEST HORSE
MARX JOHNNY WEST HORSE
$14.99
Vintage Toy Blue Rubber Horse Hubbley
Vintage Toy Blue Rubber Horse Hubbley
$6.99
VINTAGE 17 Lot HORSES Cowboy WILD Toy TOYS Figure HORSE
VINTAGE 17 Lot HORSES Cowboy WILD Toy TOYS Figure HORSE
$9.99
TO VINTAGE TOY LONE RANGER ROY ROGERS TONTO COWBOYS INDIANS HORSES FIGURE 213
TO VINTAGE TOY LONE RANGER ROY ROGERS TONTO COWBOYS INDIANS HORSES FIGURE 213
$368.00
VNTG 60S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST BUCKBOARD WAGON HORSE WHEELS HARNESS
VNTG 60S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST BUCKBOARD WAGON HORSE WHEELS HARNESS
$39.99
VNTG 60S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST BUCKBOARD WAGON HORSE w HOOF WHEELS
VNTG 60S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST BUCKBOARD WAGON HORSE w HOOF WHEELS
$29.99
VNTG 1960S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST 2036 BUCKSKIN NODDING HEAD HORSE
VNTG 1960S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST 2036 BUCKSKIN NODDING HEAD HORSE
$34.99
VNTG 60S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST 1861 COMANCHE HORSE W MOVABLE LIMBS
VNTG 60S MARX BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST 1861 COMANCHE HORSE W MOVABLE LIMBS
$34.99
VNTG 1960S MARX JOHNNY WEST BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY  GERONIMO  HORSES  GEAR
VNTG 1960S MARX JOHNNY WEST BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY GERONIMO HORSES GEAR
$99.99
VNTG 60S MARX JOHNNY WEST BEST OF THE WEST 1861 COMANCHE HORSE W MOVABLE LIMBS
VNTG 60S MARX JOHNNY WEST BEST OF THE WEST 1861 COMANCHE HORSE W MOVABLE LIMBS
$39.99
VNTG 60S MARX JOHNNY WEST BEST OF THE WEST JANE W NODDING BUCKSKIN HORSE
VNTG 60S MARX JOHNNY WEST BEST OF THE WEST JANE W NODDING BUCKSKIN HORSE
$49.99
Johnny West Louis Marx Brown  White Horse with accessories shown
Johnny West Louis Marx Brown White Horse with accessories shown
$16.51
Hard Plastic 8 tall Toy Horse With Chain style reins WS 2155 Vintage 1970s
Hard Plastic 8 tall Toy Horse With Chain style reins WS 2155 Vintage 1970s
$14.99
Plastic Cowboys Indians Horses Stage Coach Fence Large Lot
Plastic Cowboys Indians Horses Stage Coach Fence Large Lot
$3.99
VINTAGE Gabriel LONE RANGER AND HORSE
VINTAGE Gabriel LONE RANGER AND HORSE
$24.99
Vintage Lead Soldier Horse  Indian Figures LOT
Vintage Lead Soldier Horse Indian Figures LOT
$24.99
VTG ROY ROGERS STAGECOACHWITH ROY AND HORSESA MUST SEE ITEM
VTG ROY ROGERS STAGECOACHWITH ROY AND HORSESA MUST SEE ITEM
$20.00
Custom HAND painted Hartland vintage horse figure See Description Wow
Custom HAND painted Hartland vintage horse figure See Description Wow
$24.99
17 Vintage Plastic Toy Horses Mixed Lot 1 5 Long
17 Vintage Plastic Toy Horses Mixed Lot 1 5 Long
$14.99
VINTAGE HARTLAND 800 SERIES JOSH RANDALLS HORSE RINGO NR MINT
VINTAGE HARTLAND 800 SERIES JOSH RANDALLS HORSE RINGO NR MINT
$100.00
VINTAGE LOT COWBOYS INDIANS HORSES FIGURE CORRALS TIM MEE MARX ARCHER USA
VINTAGE LOT COWBOYS INDIANS HORSES FIGURE CORRALS TIM MEE MARX ARCHER USA
$17.95
Rich Toys Vintage Horse Rocker Carousel
Rich Toys Vintage Horse Rocker Carousel
$79.99
BREYER HORSECowboy with SaddleGunChapsReinsHat Legs Fit On Horse GREAT
BREYER HORSECowboy with SaddleGunChapsReinsHat Legs Fit On Horse GREAT
$20.00
VINTAGE HARTLAND 800 SERIES LUCAS McCAIN HAT HORSE SADDLE EXCELLENT
VINTAGE HARTLAND 800 SERIES LUCAS McCAIN HAT HORSE SADDLE EXCELLENT
$78.00
TOY METAL HORSE AND RIDER
TOY METAL HORSE AND RIDER
$14.95
Three plastic vintage Indian figure on horses A few minor breaks
Three plastic vintage Indian figure on horses A few minor breaks
$1.00
Vintage Hartland Figure Roy Rogers and Horse Trigger As Is
Vintage Hartland Figure Roy Rogers and Horse Trigger As Is
$11.06
Rare 2 Vintage Cowboy On Horse Figures Plastic Toy sealed Packages 1950 60s NEW
Rare 2 Vintage Cowboy On Horse Figures Plastic Toy sealed Packages 1950 60s NEW
$7.00
lucky luke his dog and his horse
lucky luke his dog and his horse
$1.99
Early Vintage Wood Wooden Cowboy and Horse Thumb Push Puppet Collapsible Folk
Early Vintage Wood Wooden Cowboy and Horse Thumb Push Puppet Collapsible Folk
$24.99
Vintage Small Plastic Grey Horse Saddle 1970 Hong Kong for Boys
Vintage Small Plastic Grey Horse Saddle 1970 Hong Kong for Boys
$10.00
Vintage Small Plastic Palomino Horse Saddle 1970 Hong Kong for Boys
Vintage Small Plastic Palomino Horse Saddle 1970 Hong Kong for Boys
$10.00
GRAND CHAMPIONS 6 inch HORSES Lot of 2 copyright VI 96 EMPIRE MARCHON
GRAND CHAMPIONS 6 inch HORSES Lot of 2 copyright VI 96 EMPIRE MARCHON
$9.49
Lot of Plastic Indians Frontiersman Horse Chilsom Trail Wagon
Lot of Plastic Indians Frontiersman Horse Chilsom Trail Wagon
$9.99
Lot of farm animals Hardy USA Horses Pigs Bison Buffalo Plastic Vintage Figures
Lot of farm animals Hardy USA Horses Pigs Bison Buffalo Plastic Vintage Figures
$10.00
19 vintage plastic toy horses
19 vintage plastic toy horses
$15.00
vintage 1940s Wooden toy horse with metal wheels Gong Bell Co j
vintage 1940s Wooden toy horse with metal wheels Gong Bell Co j
$82.50
20 PIECE COWBOY AND INDIANS PLAY SET TOTEM POLE HORSE TP CANOE
20 PIECE COWBOY AND INDIANS PLAY SET TOTEM POLE HORSE TP CANOE
$19.98
Hong Kong Vintage shaded bronze plastic western horse 6x 7
Hong Kong Vintage shaded bronze plastic western horse 6x 7
$7.00
original Breyer 241 indian brave 1950s with original Lido chubby horse pinto
original Breyer 241 indian brave 1950s with original Lido chubby horse pinto
$37.00
ED VINTAGE MINIATURE HORSES  COVERED WAGON
ED VINTAGE MINIATURE HORSES COVERED WAGON
$47.50
VINTAGE HORSE new old stock SEALED MADE IN WEST GERMANY
VINTAGE HORSE new old stock SEALED MADE IN WEST GERMANY
$8.00
APPALOOSA SHOW HORSE BY HG TOYS BRUSHABLE HAIR SADDLE BRIDLE BRUSH AND COMB
APPALOOSA SHOW HORSE BY HG TOYS BRUSHABLE HAIR SADDLE BRIDLE BRUSH AND COMB
$15.30
LOT 143 CowboysIndiansHorse HD Plastic 1980sFigures England Toys Collectibles
LOT 143 CowboysIndiansHorse HD Plastic 1980sFigures England Toys Collectibles
$10.00
Antique Toy Vintage MOBO Childs Tin Toy Cowboy Riding Pedal Horse Bronco 1950 S
Antique Toy Vintage MOBO Childs Tin Toy Cowboy Riding Pedal Horse Bronco 1950 S
$0.99
Vintage Action Figure Horse 2 2 Tall
Vintage Action Figure Horse 2 2 Tall
$2.49
EUC vintage horse LOT 10 horses toy animals durable hard rubber 1994 collectible
EUC vintage horse LOT 10 horses toy animals durable hard rubber 1994 collectible
$9.99
Vintage 1965 Marx 9 Horse Lot + 3 Johnny West Figures Jane Sam Cobra Cpt Maddox
Vintage 1965 Marx 9 Horse Lot + 3 Johnny West Figures Jane Sam Cobra Cpt Maddox
$149.99
Lot of Vintage Plastic Horses w Indians Cowboys Army Men Sheep
Lot of Vintage Plastic Horses w Indians Cowboys Army Men Sheep
$19.99
ANTIQUE CHILDS HAND CARVED WOODEN HORSE TRICYCLE w IRON WHEELS
ANTIQUE CHILDS HAND CARVED WOODEN HORSE TRICYCLE w IRON WHEELS
$30.00
AMERICAN CHARACTER 1966 BONANZA BEN CARTWRIGHT HORSE W ACCES AND LITTLE JOE
AMERICAN CHARACTER 1966 BONANZA BEN CARTWRIGHT HORSE W ACCES AND LITTLE JOE
$59.99
1978 carolina enterprises appalousa hinged legs horse pony hong kong
1978 carolina enterprises appalousa hinged legs horse pony hong kong
$7.99
CB Vintage Mini 45 Hartland Plastics Horse Semi Rearing Palomino HTF
CB Vintage Mini 45 Hartland Plastics Horse Semi Rearing Palomino HTF
$29.99
Recast Very Rare 4 Marx Seated Bull Crazy Horse Indians Grape Color 12 PCS
Recast Very Rare 4 Marx Seated Bull Crazy Horse Indians Grape Color 12 PCS
$12.99
Recast Marx Lone Ranger 19 8 Two Silver Sadled Horses Very rare
Recast Marx Lone Ranger 19 8 Two Silver Sadled Horses Very rare
$42.00
Lot of 47 farm animals Horses Pigs Bison Buffalo Plastic Vintage old toy Figures
Lot of 47 farm animals Horses Pigs Bison Buffalo Plastic Vintage old toy Figures
$4.65
Marx johnny west series best of the west orange garonimo and storm cloud horse
Marx johnny west series best of the west orange garonimo and storm cloud horse
$99.99
35 pcs Cowboy  Indian Figures Cactus Horse Battle fighting War Different Poses
35 pcs Cowboy Indian Figures Cactus Horse Battle fighting War Different Poses
$3.00
VTG MIXED LOT OF 25 PLASTIC COWBOYS  INDIANS HORSE  RIDER HONG KONG USED
VTG MIXED LOT OF 25 PLASTIC COWBOYS INDIANS HORSE RIDER HONG KONG USED
$4.95
Vintage Marx Jane with horse accessories
Vintage Marx Jane with horse accessories
$15.99
Old colletabletoycowboy horse
Old colletabletoycowboy horse
$70.00
Cowboys and Indians Pair of each All made to ride on horses As shown
Cowboys and Indians Pair of each All made to ride on horses As shown
$1.50



Where can I find the toy story collection edition of the horse bullseye? the woody's roundup one?

I'm trying to find the horse from Toy Story, Bullseye...I'm looking for the actual movie replica that's part of the Toy Story collection of toys with the certificate of authenticity in the Woody's roundup box. I've seen Woody and Jessie but I can't find Bullseye anywhere. Does anyone know if there are any stores that sell them?

The Disney Store is missing quite a few of the Toy Story Collection characters including Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Utility Belt Buzz, and Woody's Horse: Bullseye. They are all set for Wave 2 which may be why... no idea why it is taking the disney store so long to get them though.

Also, it looks like the Bullseye Toy Story Collection Toy has yet to be released yet as the only actual one that I could find that wasn't a Mattel was here:

http://www.urban-collector.com/toy-story-12-in-scale-bullseye-collectors-edition-figure-feb101475.html

By the looks of the website it comes out next month (July 2010) so if you pre-order it you should be one of the first to recieve it!

Best of luck!


The Development of China Toys

China's various national industries began to take shape after the May Fourth movement in the 1919. During that time, the semi-colonized China was constantly subjected to the divisions of the big powers. A group of patriots began manufacturing & developing national products. Amongst them were some toy manufacturers & publishers like Shanghai Commercial Press, China Can Company and The New Art Toy, who took the lead in the development of the toy industry in China.

However, many toy factories were forced to cease business during World War Two. By the time the war ended, only about 200 toy workers were left. The People's Republic of China was established in 1949 and the Central Government re-defined the development of the toy industry, laying down the standards for the upgrading of technical expertise. In 1958, the toy industry started to formulate a standard system and compiling proper merchandise code for export.

Under the command from the headquarters to eliminate the capitalist class, however, China kickstarted the Cultural Revolution in 1966. Under the slogan to wipe out the Four Olds, many fine toy designers were unable to give full play to their talents. The toy industry became stagnant during this period. In the 70s, under the instruction of Premier Zhou Enlai to "adapt foreign things to Chinese needs", electronic technology was introduce to produce high quality toys, thereby enabling the Chinese toy industry to enter a new domain.

The Museum of Shanghai Toys is the first museum of its kind in the world. My name is Marvin Chan and my collection originates from China.

In 1989, I came across a toy shop in Malaysia where I bought a few tin toys that I've played with when young. Who would have thought those few pieces would lead me to a new chapter in my life!

My enthusiasm for toys grew from there. In 1993, I visited a famous toy museum in Japan. I was impressed by the way they had held on to their cultural heritage - it reinforced my feelings for Chinese toys. Thus the seed to MoST was planted.

Setting up MoST marks my first major step towards my China Toys dream. I'm truly happy to be able to share my dream and passion with you through MoST and I hope you'll enjoy your trip here too.

The Museum has an extensive toy collection - toys have been, and continue to be, central to the childhood experience. In the past, most children would have had home-made toys, made from materials commonly found around the home.In ancient times, Greek and Roman children are known to have played with marbles, spinning tops and clay dolls. It was not until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that toys were mass produced.

Noah's Arks

Noah and his Ark has always been a popular biblical story for children, and toy versions of the ark have been made since the 18th century. They were particularly popular during the Victorian period when children were restricted to play with biblical toys on Sundays.

It is believed that the Noah's Ark toy originated from a small village in Germany, called Oberammergau, an area that is renowned for its wood craftsmanship. The industry started out as a cottage industry, with different families producing particular animals, which would then be collected together and assembled with an ark. Later on, as the industry expanded, new techniques we formed to speed up the process. A ring known as a Seiffen (named after the place where it was invented) would be carved out from wood and shaped with a lathe. The ring would then be sliced into sections, with each section forming the basic shape of an animal. Each animal would then be finished by hand, with tails and horns being added where needed.

The ark itself comes in two basic shapes; the first is a flat bottom ark which is a flat piece of wood in a raft shape with a hut on the top, the second is a boat ark, which has a deep hull with a large building on the top. The animals are stored inside, with access from a hinged roof. Some arks can have up to 400 animals which, when placed nose to tail, can extend for up to 30 metres. Like many toys, arks can vary in quality. Some of the most sought-after ones are decorated with inlaid straw which looks golden in the light, or inlaid with different types of wood.

Most arks have a dove carrying a olive branch painted onto the roof, a symbol of hope. Arks were very popular up until the 1920s and were exported from Germany to markets all over the world. Their decline came when export tax was imposed on them during the war. The tariff was based on size and weight, so many makers of arks switched to making toys which were smaller and lighter.

Toy Horses

Toys horses, in various forms and made from many materials, have been around for several thousand years. Often they closely resembled their real counterparts and the work that they performed, and they were usually for boys. Toy horses encouraged imitative play, teaching children adult skills for the future, riding being an essential skill for the male sex. Boys would mimic their fathers riding into war, or hunting, or driving. This is illustrated by the words James I of England wrote to his young son: 'the honourablest and most commendable games that ye can use are games on horseback'.

The earliest type of 'rideable' horse was the hobby horse which has appeared in illustrations in Europe since the 15th century. In its simplest form the hobby horse could be a plain straight stick. However, more complex designs developed, with carved heads, wheels attached to the bottom of the stick, or even covers to hide the riders' legs. They were generally toys for older children who could run around.

The rocking horse was a later development; no references have been found to this toy before the 17th century. The idea of the rocking horse evolved from three main sources: the traditional rocking cradle, the pull-along tilting seat used in the middle ages for jousting practice, and the wheeled hobby horse. The first rocking horse was very different in appearance from our usual notions of the toy. It consisted of two flat boat-shaped planks bridged by a seat, in front of which was a carved equine head and neck. A tail may have been attached and sometimes two foot rests were placed on the shoulder. The earliest surviving example is the horse thought to have belonged to King Charles I. This method of construction was simple as it avoided the difficulties of carving the horses' legs, and because of its practicality it continued into the 19th century as a design for cheaper horses. Sometimes the solid sides were painted with the lower body and legs of the horse, or with folk patterns, or a scene as if viewed through the horses' legs. This type of horse was usual in Germany, while the English preferred the fully carved type.

As the toy gained in popularity and advances were made in cabinet making, the legs of rocking horses began to be carved in round. The head and body were often made of pine and the legs of the stronger beech wood. At first these horses were rather heavy in structure, although gradually they became more elegant, standing on slender carved rockers with tapering ends. This reflected the changes in the real world as faster and lighter horses were needed for artillery, and in the mid-17th century Arabian stallions were imported into England and hunting became a popular pastime. Rocking horses had also evolved into spirited racing steeds with lowered heads and outstretched legs. These horses were effective training devices as the young rider could easily be thrown if not riding correctly.

The basic structure of the rocking horse was wood, carved in several pieces and then pegged together before being covered with a thin layer of plaster called gesso. The paintwork usually represented a dappled grey, although animal skins, often deer or calf, were also used as a covering. The rockers were often painted green to resemble grass, and the horses' features were usually painted, although glass eyes were sometimes inserted into the heads. Saddles and bridles of leather had metal bits and stirrups so that the child could accustom himself to the riding position. Manes and tails were frequently made of real horse hair which was cheaper and more realistic than carving.

In the 19th century the increase in trade and traffic led to a greater demand for more horses to carry and distribute goods to and from towns and railway stations. As wealth increased, more horses were kept for pleasure and as a result, a greater diversity of horse breeds developed. Similarly, in the toy horse world there was an ever-growing range of models as the rapid expansion of the toy trade meant manufacturers were constantly looking for new ideas. In London in 1877 there were eleven different makers of rocking horses, for these had become standard items of nursery equipment. Photographic studios often posed children, rich and poor, with rocking horses, and illustrations of the toy abounded, for example, accompanying the nursery rhyme Ride a Cock Horse, the original 'horse' having been an adult's knee.

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