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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.
wood (plant material)
hide (collagenous material)
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.
"Herman Sr. Co/No 166 Washington St./Boston" (Script)
"Something New/Mexican Saddle,/To Support the Back" (Script)
Used At Marrett House (Standish, Me.),
Possibly Herman Sr. Company (Manufacturer)
34 x 13 (HxW) (inches)
Bequest of Frances S. Marrett
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)