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Rocking Horse

1959.999 (RS141619)

Description

Rocking horse, wooden body covered in hide with brown and white speckled hair. Blond horsehair mane and tail, folded hide ears, and large green glass eyes. Attached maroon leather bridle and saddle with cast iron stirrup. Horse attached to wooden rockers painted black with gold leaf and berry design.

Details

Label
Avery and Elizabeth Marrett had seven children, six of whom lived to adulthood and spent their childhoods here at Marrett House. Judging by the affection with which they wrote each other in their later years, the house would have been filled with their energy and laughter through the 1850s and 1860s. The children's toys that remain in the house include this very special rocking horse made by Herman and Co., Boston c. 1857-58. Made of animal hide stretched over wood, it exudes character through sparkling green eyes, a full tail, and elaborate saddle.
Maker
Possibly Herman Sr. Company (Manufacturer)
Date
c. 1857-1858
Inscriptions
"Herman Sr. Co/No 166 Washington St./Boston" (Script)
"Something New/Mexican Saddle,/To Support the Back" (Script)
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts
Associated Building
Used At Marrett House (Standish, Me.).
Material
hide (collagenous material)
horsehair
leather
paint (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Toy
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
hide (collagenous material)
Horse, Rocking
horsehair
leather
paint (coating)
rocking horses
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
34 x 13 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1959.999
Credit Line
Bequest of Frances S. Marrett
GUSN
245852

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