Exquisite Hand-Carved Hardwood Heirloom Rocking Horses
Hennessy horses combine the magnificence
and imaginative flare of traditional carved rocking horses
Hennessy's own sense of grace and precision.
Each heirloom rocking horse is individually sculpted,
hand painted and outfitted to perfection. These unique
handmade works of art are a pure joy for both children
and adults. For more information about ordering a custom-built
personalized rocking horse, start
The Rocking Horse Story
Toy horses have been part of our lives
since early times. Placed on wheels, pulled by string, or
transformed into a stick horse to carry the imagination of
the rider, toy horses have enchanted the young for three
thousand years. Not only children, but adults too, delight
in play horses – Socrates
himself galloped about with his children on their hobbyhorse.
Imitation horses have amused, yet also trained and educated,
as in the Middle Ages when budding knights practiced jousting
on wheeled horses and later on carousels.
The 'rockinghorse' first appeared in seventeenth-century
Europe. Charles I of England had one as a boy, and his horse
survives to this day. Enormously popular throughout Georgian
and Victorian times in Britain, these toys also flourished
in Germany and in America until the midpart of this century,
when production of fine rockinghorses almost disappeared.
Yet, a revival in England during the last twenty years has
seen a remarkable resurgence of this historical and dearly-loved
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