Flogging a dead horse literally

This curio has come into Braintree Antiques Centre and is currently guarding the stiars on the upper floor where we sell retro, repro and antique furniture.

We know a lot about antiques here, specially toys, however we have not been able to identify what this is or why it was produced. We are working on the assumption its a childs toy due to the size, but we are only guessing. If you have seen one of these before please email and let us know at info@briantreeantiquescentre.co.uk

What we do know is..

  1. Its made of animal skin, possibly leather, over a wooden horse frame.
  2. The condition of the leather indicates a Georgian or mid Victorian production date
  3. Its a horse. Or its meant to be at any rate
  4. It scares children