Made by The Whitney Reed Chair Company in Leominster, Mass. in the early 1900's, this hobbyhorse has a naive sculptural character with the charm of a piece that has been lovingly used and mended for over 100 years exhibiting a beautiful un-restored patina.
Her body has the original white paint that has "crazed" over time. There is some faded dapple pattern on her hind and fore quarters, painted black hooves, faded red paint inside her mouth and nostrils. Her accessories are still intact with original amber faceted eyes, leather ears, true black horsehair mane and tail, oilcloth saddle attached with upholstery type tacks, black bakelite stirrups, bridle and reins of heavy cotton tape. Please look at the pictures for details of condition.
We bought her in Minnesota about 45-50 years ago as a piece to admire. With a broad stance there is evidence on the underside that she was once attached to a rocker, bow, spring, glider or tricycle. Constructed using the traditional Victorian method of mortise and tenon. Keep in mind that because she no longer has her original base she should not be required to bear weight.
There is no wood damage, by insects or weather only play. Please review pictures for specific condition.
A beautiful, rare and collectible piece.
33 ¾" from front hoof to back hoof 19" from floor to top of her head 7 ¼" at the broadest point which is the outside of the front hooves.