On arrival his nose was missing and one foot
was badly damaged by an attack of woodworm. He
had also been overpainted as a piebald.
Careful removal of the black paint on the stand revealed the 1880 patent stencil which has now been protected from little feet by a transparent plate.
Some of the following pictures show the restoration work.
Anthony Dew ( The Rocking Horse Shop ) has books on making rocking horses and most have a chapter on rocking horse restoration. Ask what is available.
There is one book all about restoration ( by Green and Dew ). It's a very useful book for anyone thinking of restoring a rocking horse but as it is out of print you will have to find a second hand copy.