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Horse pedal buggy - Pioneer Wagon

Pioneer Wagon

  • Object:

    Horse pedal buggy

  • Place of origin:

    Erith (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1955-1965 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    D.Sebel & Co. Ltd. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pressed mild steel, painted, steel, rubber

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Watts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Child's two-horse pedal buggy, consisting of two identical horses, each made up two sections of pressed mild steel. They are white with gold painted manes and tails, with brown hooves and eyes. Eacxh has its left front leg raised in a trotting position, and wears a red, yellow and green harness. The horses are bolted to a red central tubular shaft attached to the front of the buggy. The buggy is made up of red tubular and flattened steel sections on yellow wheels with red hubs and black rubber tyres. It has an adjustable seat made up of wooden slats, with two thin red tubular armrests. There are 'U'-shaped pedals at the front of the buggy.

This object is supposed to represent a 'Pioneer Wagon' from America's Old West. The textile cover is missing.

Place of Origin

Erith (manufactured)


1955-1965 (manufactured)


D.Sebel & Co. Ltd. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Pressed mild steel, painted, steel, rubber

Marks and inscriptions

On back of seat, black on gold background


Height: 54 cm horses, Length: 116.8 cm total, Width: 45.7 cm buggy

Object history note

Given to the Museum in 1985 by Mr Watts [85/2097]

On entry to the Museum its conditon was noted as 'good, but the reins, which would have been fixed to the horse's mouth by way of two holes on either side of the face, are missing'

Descriptive line

Pressed steel, English, Mobo Toys, 1955-65

Production Note

Mobo toys were made by D. Sebel & Co Ltd in Erith, Kent, from 1947 to 1972.


Mild steel; Steel; Rubber


Pressing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Horses; Horse drawn vehicles


Play; Animals and Wildlife; Toy vehicles

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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