The manufacture of rocking horses took another hard hit during the depression years as the buying public tightened their purse strings. Although the economy bounced back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, public interest and the emergence of molded plastic toys brought an end to the “perfect toy for the affluent” by 1960.
A resurgence of historical interest in the rocking horse in the last quarter of the 20th century brought the once-beloved toy back into the limelight. Looked upon as a decorative art form, artists from Germany, England and the United States are once again turning out beautifully handcrafted horses.
Rocking toys are now produced in every imaginable animal form. Newer rocking animals are available in plush materials and poly resin plastics. While these are appreciated by the masses as a toy, they are of little to no interest to collectors.
Produced for children, and therefore subjected to rough treatment, many fine horses will have considerable wear. When considering a purchase, take your time and inspect the horse closely. Check the tails, ears and mane closely to make certain they have not been repaired or replaced. To be of full value the bridle and saddle should be original and the paint should not be chipped or faded.
Until next time,
Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached at 317-429-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org