Crandall Hobby Horse, ca. 1880
It's been in my family on my mother's side. It was my great-grandfather's when he was little. And it was in my aunt's garage, and she just asked me if I wanted it, and I said, "Sure," and it's been sitting in my living room ever since.
Well, now, you played with this?
I did, but mostly my mother and her brother rode on it when they were little. My children grew up riding on it. We decorate it for Christmas every year.
Looks great with reindeer antlers.
Well, he's a real charmer. In 1861, a man by the name of Jesse Crandall, who is one of the great toymakers, particularly of riding toys for children, patented this design...
...with this spring mechanism. I think his company was in New York City, and Crandall started making this in the 1860s, probably stopped in the 1880s, 1890s. But it was a radical departure, because most rocking horses were on rockers like this and rocked back and forth. It has this monstrous, heavy-duty spring. I mean, I can actually ride this. It will hold a lot of, uh, avoirdupois. But it is quite an amazing thing, and on this beautiful painted base. Now, obviously, he's been through a lot of hard times. But he still has an amazing presence, even though the paint is worn. Just beautiful, flowing lines. Great survivor. And the last one of these I heard selling at auction had repaired legs and some other issues, sold for $1,600. I think this one would be easily in that range and maybe as much as $2,000 at auction. Just stunning. Think I could ride it?
Let me see if I can give it a shot. See? There we go. I mean, if it holds me, it could hold anything.
Current Appraised Value: $1,600 - $2,000 (Unchanged)
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