Rocking horses are more than a great toy for a child; they are a distinguished piece of history!
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Although rocking horses became prominent during the Georgian and Victorian periods of England (where it subsequently became popular in America),
it is believed that crude toy horses placed upon wheels were made
that rocking horses started taking significant root in America, and in fact in 1880 an American company
based in Cincinnati, Ohio (P.J. Marqua) was the next to release a significant advance in rocking horses: their patented swinger base. The swinger rocker held an advantage over the traditional bow rocker because it needed far less space to use. Bow rockers steadily move forward as the child rocks, whereas the swinger rocker stands in place.
Not only did it require less space, it was safer to use.
It wasn't until the industrial revolution that the popularity of these horses exploded.
Although part of this can
At Rocking Horse Ireland we carry on the tradition of old, but add new details such as muscle definition and realism to our carvings.