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J & G Lines. Circa 1890.

This old rocking horse measures 38 inches high. His stand remains untouched and retains its original Hamleys disc on the front. He is extra carved with a very muscular neck and slightly turned head. His original dapples have now been enhanced and he has been given a new mane, tail and tack.

I purchased him a few years ago at auction and he was in a bit of a state to say the least, but he turned out to be a very interesting subject

Quite often several items can be retrieved from inside the body of a rocking horse, which have been poked through the pommel holes. Inside this horse I found an array of goodies, some of which have been photographed. A small tin soldier, small hairbrush, envelopes, marbles, wrappers, letters, part of a broken knife - you name it. There are even parts of lists where patients are entering the hospital, one of which is dated 29th September 1923, and inventories of their possessions on arrival - petticoats, corsets, nightgowns, frocks etc.

I have considered whether these items should be returned to inside the body of the horse, but have decided against it. The contents are now kept safe in a box and if he ever leaves for pastures new, then his contents will accompany him to his new owners.

One envelope was addressed to `Master Teddy Scott, Isolation Hospital, Haymeads, Bishops Stortford`. Hence the name `Master` for the horse, as I found this quite fitting. I found this very intriguing and it led me to believe that this horse was in fact at the local Isolation Hospital in Bishops Storford all those years ago. Think of the children that have played on and loved this horse.

I have spent hours on the internet researching this, and it has been a very interesting aand rewarding experience. Most of the antique rocking horses we come across have an unknown history, but isn`t it lovely just to find out a little part of it !

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