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Hobby horse

Hobby horse

  • Place of origin:

    Newton Abbot (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1983 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Relko Rocking Horses (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hardwood, carved; plastic, horsehair and leather

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The hobby horse is made of laminated hardwoods treated with a clear sealant. It has a slightly S shaped body with the head at one end and a wheel at the other. Nailed to a slit which runs the length of the neck from the ears is a white horsehair mane and forelock. At the top of the neck through the wood is a round pine handle. The eyes are brown and black plastic while the mouth and nose are carved. The bridle, reins and bit are of black leather.

Place of Origin

Newton Abbot (manufactured)


1983 (manufactured)


Relko Rocking Horses (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hardwood, carved; plastic, horsehair and leather

Marks and inscriptions

There is a circular metal disc embedded approximately halfway along the side which shows a pair of prancing horses surrounded with this inscription


Height: 116.8 cm, Width: 30 cm, Depth: 25 cm

Object history note

Purchased in 1983 directly from the manufacturer [83/782]

Descriptive line

Wooden hobby horse made in England by Relko Rocking Horses, Newton Abbot, in 1983


Hardwood; Plastic; Leather; Horsehair



Subjects depicted

Hobbyhorses; Horses


Children & Childhood; Animals and Wildlife; Play

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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