Vintage Handpainted Rocking Horse Planter - Box

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“No honey, those rocking horses are dangerous…don’t ya remember what happen to your cousin dolly?” Valerie’s mother said sternly to her little girl who was transfixed in front of a large wooden rocking horse on display in the Sears Roebuck toy department. “Poor Dolly, the doctors say she may have that scar on her forehead for the rest of her life. Now you know we talked about this before. we’re not buying you a rocking horse.”

It didn’t matter, the four-year-old Valerie could not be reasoned with. She dropped her head and raised her lower lip until it covered her upper lip completely,

“How about a nice doll? Wouldn’t you like a nice dolly Val?” Her mother tried to turn her daughter’s attention away from the rocking horse.

Fast forward fifty five years and Valerie, the now fifty-nine-year old mother of three and grandmother of two had spent the last near forty years amassing the largest collection of rocking horses west of the Mississippi. She had vintage rocking horse toys, rocking horse paintings, rocking horse planters, rocking horse bookends and the list went on and on. Valerie was bound and determined to have what she could not have as child, that is until the day she tripped over one of the vintage toy horses and broke her femur bone in three places. On the way to the hospital, her mother’s words, “Those rocking horses are dangerous,” kept ringing through her head.

We're not sure if this is a piece from Valerie's collection but we did hear that after her accident, she sold off her entire collection of rocking horses. This fun, whimsical piece made in folk art style was made in the early 1980s and is constructed out of 3/8" thick wood with heavy metal wire base. The wood has a light finish and is hand-painted with blue, mauve and cream. It is 13" long, 10" tall and 4.5" wide with a 3" X 5" X 2" deep box between the two horse sides. Use it to hold a small plant, potpourri, old photos, business cards, etc. or just display in a child's room or on a bookshelf or table. No manufacturer or artist marks were found.

This piece is in very good vintage condition and looks like it has been well cared for. There are a few tiny nicks to the finish but no cracks, large scratches or other major issues.

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
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