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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Rocking horse, 18th century

Probably made in the factory in Peter Street, Waterford, this rocking horse belonged to Simon John Newport (1756-1843) - an Anglo-Irish Whig politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ireland. Children learned to ride a horse as part of their education, standing on a block to mount. Girls learned to ride side saddle on this horse (Bishop'e Palace Museum (Waterford, Ireland)) .

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