Rocking Horse

Collection Type

  • Toys and games

Date

c. 1857-1858

GUSN

GUSN-245852

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

Descriptive Terms

rocking horses
wood (plant material)
hide (collagenous material)
horsehair
leather
paint (coating)
Horse, Rocking

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.

Inscription

"Herman Sr. Co/No 166 Washington St./Boston" (Script)
"Something New/Mexican Saddle,/To Support the Back" (Script)

Associated Building

Used At Marrett House (Standish, Me.),

Maker

Possibly Herman Sr. Company (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts

Object Type

Toy

Dimensions

34 x 13 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frances S. Marrett

Accession Number

1959.999

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)