Rocking horse books

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New David Kiss rocking horse book A wonderful new book on rocking horses ( published 2008 ) by David Kiss. Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white, the hardback book has 518 pages plus the cover and is an essential book for all rocking horse collectors and restorers.
David has spent many years researching and collecting detailed information on British rocking horse makers and the book lists about 150 makers up to 1950. A mass of previously unpublished information about our favourites - Ayres, Lines, Collinson, Baby Carriages - will make classifying and dating horses produced by these companies much easier. There are also details and examples of horses from many less well known and small makers and the book should enable us to positively identify many of the lovely British horses whose makers have up to now been a mystery.
Pages from old trade catologues, details of logos, fixings, saddlery, stands is a treasure.
Size 18cm x 24.5cm
Copy in new condition.



Tony Dew rocking horse book A nice little book on rocking horses ( published 2006 ). Written by Anthony Dew for the British Toymakers Guild, this is an excellent introductory book about English rocking horses. It gives an overview of their history and their current role as a most wonderful toy.
The major makers of the past are noted with tips for collectors and the best known of the current makers are featured.
Very well illustrated in colour, the paperback book has 32 pages plus the cover and is a must for every rocking horse library.
Size 15cm x 21cm
Copy in new condition.

Paperback 4.99


Patricia Mullins  rocking horses book The amazing book by Patricia Mullins on rocking horses; history and examples from England, Europe, America and Australia. This book set includes the paperback book by Marguarite Fawdry 'An international survey of rocking horse manufacture' and the protective slip case.
Published 1992.
The Mullins hardback book has 376 pages and hundreds of illustrations, the Fawdry book has 48 pages and is also very well illustrated.
Size 30cm x 28cm

110 for a copy in virtually new condition.
70 for a copy in excellent condition but the previous owners name in it.


Book on restoring rocking horses Book by Clive Green and Anthony Dew on restoring rockng horses. A very useful fully illustrated book for anyone thinking about restoring a rocking horse.
It includes sections on assessing your horse, wood repairs, stands and bows, gesso, paint & tack and there are some most useful picutres of old horses. There is also a chapter on making a new rocking horse.
The only copy I now have for sale is a hardback in excellent condition but has a written inscription on the first page.
190 pages.
Published 1992
Size 19.5cm x 26.5cm



Rocking horse book by Ruth Bottomley This handy little book by Ruth Bottomley has 32 pages which give a brief account of the history of rocking horses and include a little on modern makers. It is well illustrated with black and white photos and includes some good examples of old horses. It is an essential book for rocking horse enthusiasts.

The horse illustrated on the front cover is a lovely F H Ayres horse which appears to have had some careful restoration to the mostly original paint work and replacement of the saddle seat, saddle cloth and stirrup irons.

Published 1991,
Size 15cm x 21cm
Paperback copy in as new condition.



Rocking horse book by Marguerite Fawdry

A useful book by Marguerite Fawdry for collectors and enthusiasts. It lists many historical makers in the UK and some from America and gives some information on dates, locations and products. Quite a few black and white pictures and several line drawings.
Published ( revised edition ) 1989.
96 pages.
Size 25.5cm x 19cm
Hardback copy ex library in good condition


I also have a paperback copy of Fawdry's earlier publication ( 1986 ) titled 'English Rocking Horses'. It has exactly the same info on all the English makers but it omits the chapters on American rocking horses and so has only 64 pages.
This copy is in fair condition with tight binding. 8


Rocking horse magazine set of 10 issues

The complete set of all 10 issues of the Rocking Horse Magazine (including the rare No 7). Published betwen September 1999 and December 2001, they contain articles on old rocking horses, modern makers, tips on making rocking horses, pictures of horses made by members of the Guild of Rocking Horse Makers, and a lot of fun. 34 to 36 pages each magazine.
An invaluable record of the rocking horse scene at the millenium.
Size 21 X 29.5cm
All the magazines are new.


******************************************************************************  Rocking Horses by Margaret Spencer

Woodwork Projects 'Rocking Horses' by Margaret Spencer. A book on making rocking horses with several models to choose from. This book complements the books by Anthony Dew - Margaret has a different approach and there are many very valuable techniques and tips. It includes some info on restorations and old rocking horses.
Published 1991, reprinted 1994.
160 pages.
Size 19.5 x 25.5 cm

14 for used but good condition copy


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