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Antique Fairground Ride Dobby Horse Glider Rocking Horse


Circa 1890-1920 ex-fairground hand cranked merry-go-round Dobby horse converted to a glider with complete restoration.

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W-58 H-88 L-130 (cm)

Item Reference:

61567-941-3Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 61567-941-3
Item No. 61567 - Dealer No. 941 - Building No. 3


Completely restored ex fairground Dobby horse dated to approximately the later quarter of the 19th century found converted to a glider horse re-painted in 1930s scrumble glaze in poor condition. The horse has three holes to the underside and was originally folk art carved off centre indicating it was attached to a child’s hand cranked merry-go-round fairground ride.
Constructed of gesso covered oak the horse is of small form with a carved mane and real (original) horse hair tail mounted on an ebonised oak and pine glider base with all the iron work replaced. Approaching 100 hours of labour have seen the gesso being restored and the horse given a new coat of paint creating a dapple grey with bright red and yellow saddle sealed with a traditional polyurethane varnish making this an attractive restoration to grace a new home.
Although sadly not in its original condition this sympathetic restoration has given Dobby a new lease of life to be enjoyed safely.


Item Reference
Height: 88 cm
Width: 58 cm
Length: 130 cm
1901 - 1910, C20th (Edwardian)
Country of Origin
Newly Restored with Historical Conversion


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