Antique French toy horse - late 19th-century

SKU: 18401

Dating from the late-nineteenth century, this charming toy horse is fatigued from love. It is sculpted from wood with a timeworn paint finish and sits on a wooden board with wheels. Retirement is recommended for this charming horse - he may prefer a tranquil future as a decoration rather than a toy!

In France, the tradition of crafting toy horses dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, reflecting the country's rich heritage in both horsemanship and craftsmanship. These toys, often made of wood, were popular among children and served as cherished playthings as well as educational tools.

Wooden toy horses were typically hand-carved and painted, showcasing the skill of the artisans. These toys varied in size and complexity, ranging from simple figures to more elaborate pull toys mounted on wheels. The pull toys, designed to be dragged along by a string, often featured movable parts, such as heads and legs, adding to their appeal.

During the 19th century, the industrial revolution brought changes to toy manufacturing, allowing for greater production and accessibility. However, handmade wooden horses remained popular due to their durability and charm. These toys were often passed down through generations, becoming family heirlooms.

French toy makers, particularly in regions known for their woodworking, such as Jura, continued to produce these beloved toys well into the 20th century.

Heavy wear and rustic condition consistent with age and use. 
Approx. overall 24¾" high x 30" x 7½"
Approx. overall 63cm high x 76cm x 19cm

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