H978.68.1a-f - Ride-em horse toy

Catalogue Number
H978.68.1a-f
Object Name
toy
Object Type
trundle
Origin Municipality
England
Use Country
Canada
Use Province / Territory
BC
Use Municipality
Vancouver
Dates/Period
1900s, 1910s
Date
1905 to 1915
Artifact History

From the Estate of Celia Bould. Her family moved to Vancouver from England in 1928.

General Artifact History

The horse has been of such great importance in many societies throughout history that it is not surprising that they have always been popular as children's toys. Egyptian children in the first millennium B.C. played with small wooden horses mounted on wheels. At the same time, Greek youngsters amused themselves with horses and riders made from terracotta. In the fifth century A.D., travellers to Troy could buy wooden toy horses with hollow centres, reminders of the Greek siege of the city. During the Middle Ages, the sons of the nobility practised their jousting skills using small horses mounted with knights bearing lances. Hobby horses, which allow children to move freely about, were favourite toys in ancient Greece, China, and Medieval Europe. The rocking horse, often elaborately carved and complete with saddle and stirrups, was an essential feature in 18th and 19th century nurseries and helped beginning riders develop a good "seat". In 1785, a cabinetmaker advertised that he "respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen...that he makes Rocking Horses in the neatest and best manner to teach children to ride, and give them a wholesome and pleasing exercise." This finely detailed stuffed horse was made during the early years of the 20th century. Mounted on wheels, the horse was probably pushed along by small children relying on it for support as they learned to walk. It is covered with wool with flaring, red painted nostrils and black glass eyes.

Physical Description
(a)horse. stuffed wool-covered brown horse on wooden stand. black iron stanchions with wood handle to push along. black wool mane and tail. beige and red leather and leatherette saddle. brown leather reins and neck harness. metal bit. black painted hooves and muzzle. red nostrils. black glass eyes. wheels missing. (b)stirrup, (c)stirrup, (d)stirrup, (e)stirrup, (f)saddle.
Material
WOOD, METAL, WOOL, LEATHER, GLASS
Parts
Artifact Part Height (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Depth (cm) Diameter (cm) Thickness (cm) Weight
17.00 56.00 57.00
Nomenclature
Department
History
Source
Bould, H.S. (Estate)