I hope you can answer a question for me. I have a few wooden animals that appear to be hand-carved. This horse is my favorite.
How can you tell the age of it and who might have carved it? There is no name or date visible.
Thanks for your time, Donna.
Anna in Brookline
Hand-carved animals have been made for so many years. It is tough without markings to figure out the exact age and who made them.
In your photos you can see a natural age patina (this is a natural coloring that develops over time). You also can see crackling of the original varnish (finish).
What you’re looking for in each animal you have is detailed craftsmanship. Sometimes by looking at them all you can see they could all have been made by the same carver.
Your horse appears to be from around the early 1900s to 1940s. I would say the value is in the $75 range.
Horses are very collectible, even today!
Thanks for sharing, Anna, and I hope this helps.
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