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IMPERIAL TOYS HARD RUBBER LOT OF 9 HORSES STALLION PONYS
IMPERIAL TOYS HARD RUBBER LOT OF 9 HORSES STALLION PONYS
$9.00
MARX JOHNNY WEST  JANE ACTION FIGURES 2 HORSES SADDLES ECT ESTATE FIND
MARX JOHNNY WEST JANE ACTION FIGURES 2 HORSES SADDLES ECT ESTATE FIND
$49.00
old vintage mix lot 6x UNBRANDED frontier play set white black HORSES Made USA
old vintage mix lot 6x UNBRANDED frontier play set white black HORSES Made USA
$9.25
Vintage REAL HORSE HAIR PLAY HORSE 10 Inch Western Cowboy
Vintage REAL HORSE HAIR PLAY HORSE 10 Inch Western Cowboy
$4.95
HOPALONG CASSIDY IDEAL HORSE AND RIDER FIGURE SET 1950s ORIGINAL COMPLETE
HOPALONG CASSIDY IDEAL HORSE AND RIDER FIGURE SET 1950s ORIGINAL COMPLETE
$25.49
Antique Vintage Jolly Time Puzzles Children Toys Horse Tea Cowboy Box
Antique Vintage Jolly Time Puzzles Children Toys Horse Tea Cowboy Box
$0.99
Stagecoach  Horses by PROCESSED PLASTIC CO  VERY NEAT
Stagecoach Horses by PROCESSED PLASTIC CO VERY NEAT
$5.00
Plastic Toy Horse 1994 TM Brown White Feet Set of 2
Plastic Toy Horse 1994 TM Brown White Feet Set of 2
$12.99
Vintage Plastic Cowboys Indians Tee Pee Canoe Horses Totem Pole Fence 38 Pc
Vintage Plastic Cowboys Indians Tee Pee Canoe Horses Totem Pole Fence 38 Pc
$14.99
ROY ROGERS HORSE SHOES ROY ROGERS WRIST WATCH
ROY ROGERS HORSE SHOES ROY ROGERS WRIST WATCH
$15.50
Vintage Miniature Wooden 7 Western Covered Wagon Mule or Horse Team JAPAN
Vintage Miniature Wooden 7 Western Covered Wagon Mule or Horse Team JAPAN
$19.98
VINTAGE HARTLAND LIGHT DUN CHUBBY HORSE W MOLDED BRIDLE FOR DALE EVANS FIGURE
VINTAGE HARTLAND LIGHT DUN CHUBBY HORSE W MOLDED BRIDLE FOR DALE EVANS FIGURE
$25.00
VINTAGE HARTLAND SMALL CHAMP STYLE PALAMINO HORSE
VINTAGE HARTLAND SMALL CHAMP STYLE PALAMINO HORSE
$25.00
Pair of Frontierland horses from 1950 Western playset
Pair of Frontierland horses from 1950 Western playset
$9.90
VINTAGE MARX JOHNNY WEST 1965 JANE WEST WITH ACCESSORIES PLUS 2 HORSE BLANKETS
VINTAGE MARX JOHNNY WEST 1965 JANE WEST WITH ACCESSORIES PLUS 2 HORSE BLANKETS
$12.99
Original Folk Art Paper Mache Real Hide Fur and Tail Pinto Skewbald Pony Horse
Original Folk Art Paper Mache Real Hide Fur and Tail Pinto Skewbald Pony Horse
$34.99
NEW RAY RODEO COWBOY ON BROWN TURNING HORSE W STAND
NEW RAY RODEO COWBOY ON BROWN TURNING HORSE W STAND
$3.99
NEW RAY BARREL RACING COWGIRL RED SHIRT BLUE PANTS ON WHITE HORSE W STAND
NEW RAY BARREL RACING COWGIRL RED SHIRT BLUE PANTS ON WHITE HORSE W STAND
$3.99
VINTAGE TOY HORSE STUART HORSE VERY VERY RARE MARBLED STUART STANDER
VINTAGE TOY HORSE STUART HORSE VERY VERY RARE MARBLED STUART STANDER
$150.00
GABRIEL LONE RANGER WESTERN COWBOYMASKED MAN  HORSE SILVER PROMO TRADING CARD
GABRIEL LONE RANGER WESTERN COWBOYMASKED MAN HORSE SILVER PROMO TRADING CARD
$10.00
Vintage Marx COMANCHE 1967 Horse Toy Bay Articulated Moveable Head Legs
Vintage Marx COMANCHE 1967 Horse Toy Bay Articulated Moveable Head Legs
$49.99
VINTAGE TOYS STAGE COACH DRIVER  MOUNTED GUARDSPARE HORSES 1950S
VINTAGE TOYS STAGE COACH DRIVER MOUNTED GUARDSPARE HORSES 1950S
$24.99
Vintage 1960s MPC Cowboys  Indians horses 125 pcs LN clean take a LK
Vintage 1960s MPC Cowboys Indians horses 125 pcs LN clean take a LK
$18.99
VINTAGE BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST HORSES THUNDERCOLT  PANCHO
VINTAGE BEST OF THE WEST JOHNNY WEST HORSES THUNDERCOLT PANCHO
$18.00
VINTAGE PLASTIC WAGON AND HORSES ELVIN GEE WHIZ HONG KONG
VINTAGE PLASTIC WAGON AND HORSES ELVIN GEE WHIZ HONG KONG
$9.99
Plastic Cowboy Indian Toy Figures Tee Pee Horses Guns Bow Arrows Western Pretend
Plastic Cowboy Indian Toy Figures Tee Pee Horses Guns Bow Arrows Western Pretend
$5.00
Vintage Wood Hobby Horse
Vintage Wood Hobby Horse
$450.00
Lone Ranger and Silver Horse Vintage Action Figures
Lone Ranger and Silver Horse Vintage Action Figures
$39.99
Marx 1950s Chubby Cowboy on horse with lasso
Marx 1950s Chubby Cowboy on horse with lasso
$6.00
Vintage Windup Litho Horse Made by Daiya Japan
Vintage Windup Litho Horse Made by Daiya Japan
$5.00
VINTAGE HARTLAND PLASTIC HORSE
VINTAGE HARTLAND PLASTIC HORSE
$15.99
VINTAGE HARTLAND PLASTIC HORSE
VINTAGE HARTLAND PLASTIC HORSE
$15.99
Vintage Antique Childs Western Horse ZIPPER Wallet
Vintage Antique Childs Western Horse ZIPPER Wallet
$69.99
Hand Made Straw Cane Cowboy on a Horse
Hand Made Straw Cane Cowboy on a Horse
$14.95
Vintage Hand Carved Leather Covered Toy Horse w Saddle  6 1 2 high x 8 long
Vintage Hand Carved Leather Covered Toy Horse w Saddle 6 1 2 high x 8 long
$9.99
Lone ranger  Tonto Marbles with 2 rubber Horse Shoes
Lone ranger Tonto Marbles with 2 rubber Horse Shoes
$29.99
VINTAGE JOHILL METAL LEAD HORSE FROM CARRIAGE REPLACEMENT MADE IN ENGLAND
VINTAGE JOHILL METAL LEAD HORSE FROM CARRIAGE REPLACEMENT MADE IN ENGLAND
$9.95
VINTAGE BARCLAY MANOIL LEAD TOY WILD WEST BLACK HAT COWBOY WHITE HORSE SHOOTING
VINTAGE BARCLAY MANOIL LEAD TOY WILD WEST BLACK HAT COWBOY WHITE HORSE SHOOTING
$19.99
Britains Lead Farm Horse Series 2 Plow 1 Roller Cart 1 Clydesdale 4 Horses
Britains Lead Farm Horse Series 2 Plow 1 Roller Cart 1 Clydesdale 4 Horses
$29.50
Leather Cap Gun Holster with Horse On Front
Leather Cap Gun Holster with Horse On Front
$25.00
1989 Vintage Rocking Horse hard plastic
1989 Vintage Rocking Horse hard plastic
$5.99
Vintage lot of 60 Plastic Horses Toys Cowboys  Indian Play 1960s
Vintage lot of 60 Plastic Horses Toys Cowboys Indian Play 1960s
$0.99
4 VtgWestern Horses Resin 2 W Saddles Assorted Browns  White 1 Made Hong Kong
4 VtgWestern Horses Resin 2 W Saddles Assorted Browns White 1 Made Hong Kong
$9.99
Vintage New Larami 100 Cowboys Indians Horses Plastic Toys NOS Little Pieces
Vintage New Larami 100 Cowboys Indians Horses Plastic Toys NOS Little Pieces
$10.00
Vintage Toy Horses 1950s 60s
Vintage Toy Horses 1950s 60s
$0.99
Vintage 1960s Plastic Wonder Horse On Red Wheels
Vintage 1960s Plastic Wonder Horse On Red Wheels
$15.00
Vintage Lot of 50+ Cowboys Indians  Horses
Vintage Lot of 50+ Cowboys Indians Horses
$14.99
Celluloid Cowboy twirling lasso on tin plate litho horse Alpse Toy Co 1930s
Celluloid Cowboy twirling lasso on tin plate litho horse Alpse Toy Co 1930s
$9.99
Vintage Ring The Lone Ranger His Horse Silver Metal Picture Ring Cereal
Vintage Ring The Lone Ranger His Horse Silver Metal Picture Ring Cereal
$69.99
VINTAGE PLASTIC HORSE w SADDLE 10 1 2 3155 HONG KONG WS
VINTAGE PLASTIC HORSE w SADDLE 10 1 2 3155 HONG KONG WS
$12.99
VINTAGE METAL HORSESONE IS BRONZE COLOREDOTHER BLACK WHITE NICE
VINTAGE METAL HORSESONE IS BRONZE COLOREDOTHER BLACK WHITE NICE
$15.12
A Cowpoke His Winchester and His Dependable Quarter Horse Fold Stand Up No 6 LMB
A Cowpoke His Winchester and His Dependable Quarter Horse Fold Stand Up No 6 LMB
$19.99
12 inch 1 6 scale GI Joe Canadian Mountie on custom paint Marx horse
12 inch 1 6 scale GI Joe Canadian Mountie on custom paint Marx horse
$57.99
1975 Excel Toy CorpFully jointed toy horse
1975 Excel Toy CorpFully jointed toy horse
$15.00
Johnny West Horse Storm Cloud Pinto
Johnny West Horse Storm Cloud Pinto
$34.55
Vintage plastic horse with saddle
Vintage plastic horse with saddle
$3.99
12 inch 1 6 scale GI Joe Canadian Mountie on wheeled Marx horse
12 inch 1 6 scale GI Joe Canadian Mountie on wheeled Marx horse
$51.99
Vintage Johnny West Best Marx Wheeled Horse  Buckboard Wagon  Tack Accessories
Vintage Johnny West Best Marx Wheeled Horse Buckboard Wagon Tack Accessories
$79.99
Vintage Johnny West Doll  Thunderbolt Horse Marx w Saddle Bags Rifle Canteen +
Vintage Johnny West Doll Thunderbolt Horse Marx w Saddle Bags Rifle Canteen +
$49.99
Rare vintage 1950s marx official wagon train with horses
Rare vintage 1950s marx official wagon train with horses
$55.99
Vintage Johnny West Marx Pancho Sorrel Brown Horse + Black Saddle Stirrups Tack
Vintage Johnny West Marx Pancho Sorrel Brown Horse + Black Saddle Stirrups Tack
$24.99
Vintage Brass Rocking Horse Collectible Toy Heavy 8 Long x 6 High Patina
Vintage Brass Rocking Horse Collectible Toy Heavy 8 Long x 6 High Patina
$9.99
VINTAGE HAND CARVED WOODEN MORMON MISSIONARY RIDERS WITH HORSES
VINTAGE HAND CARVED WOODEN MORMON MISSIONARY RIDERS WITH HORSES
$100.00
Model Toy Horse Brown English Rubber Saddle Fits Belly 8 1 2 9 1 2
Model Toy Horse Brown English Rubber Saddle Fits Belly 8 1 2 9 1 2
$2.99
Vintage Marx Johnny West THUNDERBOLT Palomino Horse 100 Complete
Vintage Marx Johnny West THUNDERBOLT Palomino Horse 100 Complete
$56.95
Vintage Old Plastic Toy Plow Work Horse W Harness Old Farm Nag Neat Antique
Vintage Old Plastic Toy Plow Work Horse W Harness Old Farm Nag Neat Antique
$3.58
Vintage Flat Stand Up Metal Figure Indian with Gun riding Horse green
Vintage Flat Stand Up Metal Figure Indian with Gun riding Horse green
$10.00
Vintage 1957 Gene Autrys Champion Coloring Book Horses Whitman
Vintage 1957 Gene Autrys Champion Coloring Book Horses Whitman
$4.99
Chief Thunderbird w his Hartland black pinto Chubby horse w wavy grooved tail
Chief Thunderbird w his Hartland black pinto Chubby horse w wavy grooved tail
$33.00
Vintage Tomy Toy Horse
Vintage Tomy Toy Horse
$2.98
Gabriel 1973 Lone Ranger Butch Cavendish Dolls w Horses Missing 2 Pcs
Gabriel 1973 Lone Ranger Butch Cavendish Dolls w Horses Missing 2 Pcs
$45.00
Vintage 1950s Hartland Tonto Indian Chief  Horses all unmarked
Vintage 1950s Hartland Tonto Indian Chief Horses all unmarked
$99.99
ORIGINAL VINTAGE SET OF 3 IDENTICAL HORSES ONLY 2 MARKED TIM MEE HORSE ACTION
ORIGINAL VINTAGE SET OF 3 IDENTICAL HORSES ONLY 2 MARKED TIM MEE HORSE ACTION
$19.99
TIMM MEE COWBOY AND INDIAN FIGURES WITH HORSES
TIMM MEE COWBOY AND INDIAN FIGURES WITH HORSES
$6.50
Vintage Plastic Horse Toy Grey with White Mane 667 Hong Kong
Vintage Plastic Horse Toy Grey with White Mane 667 Hong Kong
$9.99
Plastic Cowboys Indians Tee Pee Canoe Horses Totem Pole Cactus Fence 37 Pc
Plastic Cowboys Indians Tee Pee Canoe Horses Totem Pole Cactus Fence 37 Pc
$9.95
MARX Best of the West THUNDERBOLT horse of Johnny West + brown gray accessories
MARX Best of the West THUNDERBOLT horse of Johnny West + brown gray accessories
$10.00
LARGE LOT Antique MARBLELIZED Bakelite Lucite WESTERN HORSE TOYS
LARGE LOT Antique MARBLELIZED Bakelite Lucite WESTERN HORSE TOYS
$16.25
VINTAGE TOY RUBBER SET PAIR OF HORSES ON WHEELS MADE USA AUBURN INDIANA
VINTAGE TOY RUBBER SET PAIR OF HORSES ON WHEELS MADE USA AUBURN INDIANA
$12.99
VINTAGE MARX JONNNY WEST ACTION FIGURES JOHNNY WEST AND GERONIMO PLUS HORSES
VINTAGE MARX JONNNY WEST ACTION FIGURES JOHNNY WEST AND GERONIMO PLUS HORSES
$147.50
Louis Marx Co 1965 Plastic Horse with Wheels
Louis Marx Co 1965 Plastic Horse with Wheels
$21.99
TIMPO HORSE COWBOY INDIAND STAMPED ON BOTTOM MADE IN GREAT BRITIAN RARE COLORS
TIMPO HORSE COWBOY INDIAND STAMPED ON BOTTOM MADE IN GREAT BRITIAN RARE COLORS
$9.99
Vintage Pair Plastic White Toy Horses
Vintage Pair Plastic White Toy Horses
$12.99
Vintage Plastic Toy Horse With Saddle  Reins
Vintage Plastic Toy Horse With Saddle Reins
$8.99
Hartland Horses Gunfighters Colt Hardie Maverick Earp
Hartland Horses Gunfighters Colt Hardie Maverick Earp
$299.00
vintage hopalong cassidy figure Horse And Rider With Vintage Book Included
vintage hopalong cassidy figure Horse And Rider With Vintage Book Included
$75.00
VINTAGE PLASTIC WILD WEST COVERED WAGON WITH HORSES MADE IN HONG KONG
VINTAGE PLASTIC WILD WEST COVERED WAGON WITH HORSES MADE IN HONG KONG
$4.99
SHADE Hopalong Cassidy repro holds cap gun Aladdin Lamp horse Western Cowboy tv
SHADE Hopalong Cassidy repro holds cap gun Aladdin Lamp horse Western Cowboy tv
$99.95
Vintage Handmade Long Stick Horse
Vintage Handmade Long Stick Horse
$27.99
Large Assortment of Vintage CowboysIndiansHorsesFencing and Odds
Large Assortment of Vintage CowboysIndiansHorsesFencing and Odds
$14.99
Vintage Marx 1965 Johnny West Action Cowboy And Thunderbolt Western Range Horse
Vintage Marx 1965 Johnny West Action Cowboy And Thunderbolt Western Range Horse
$31.01
VINTAGE BREYER WESTERN HORSE COWBOY BROWN GOLD SADDLE
VINTAGE BREYER WESTERN HORSE COWBOY BROWN GOLD SADDLE
$9.99
Vintage Marx Johnny West Cherokee Geronimo Eagle CINCH AND HORSE BLANKET LK
Vintage Marx Johnny West Cherokee Geronimo Eagle CINCH AND HORSE BLANKET LK
$6.95
Two Plastic Horses with Removable Indian Riders
Two Plastic Horses with Removable Indian Riders
$9.99
old vintage four Small size toy rubber horses
old vintage four Small size toy rubber horses
$1.99
VINTAGE STICK POLE HORSE HEAD PRETEND PLAY TOY PLASTIC VINYL 1950s 1960s
VINTAGE STICK POLE HORSE HEAD PRETEND PLAY TOY PLASTIC VINYL 1950s 1960s
$29.99
Antique Vintage Die Cast Lead Cowboys  Indian Figures Horses for Boys  Girls
Antique Vintage Die Cast Lead Cowboys Indian Figures Horses for Boys Girls
$15.00
Vintage Hausser Elastolin Composition American Old West Cowboy w Rifle on Horse
Vintage Hausser Elastolin Composition American Old West Cowboy w Rifle on Horse
$29.95
Vintage EFS Brand Rip Zip Chord Horse Toy In Package Plastic With Metal Wheel
Vintage EFS Brand Rip Zip Chord Horse Toy In Package Plastic With Metal Wheel
$4.99



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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