Collinsons & Sons are one of Englands longest rocking horse manufacturers in production and their rocking horses were manufactured from their factory in Liverpool from 1836 over several generations. until the 1990's after which the business & factory ceased.
Queen Victoria visited the premises in 1851 and apparently the dapple grey was her favourite style. From this point on the Collinsons firm concentrated on making horses in dapplegrey.
The early Collinsons rocking horses were nicely carved with flared nostrils, glass/wood eyes & turned upright posts to the stand. The dapples on these earlier horses were more subtle than that on the later period horses which were boldly dappled all over.
The later post 1950 Collinsons horses were given upholstery stud eyes and the style of the upright posts changed from turned to square in shape.
The more modern Collinsons are quite crude in their carving with less flaring of the nostrils, metal studs for the eyes and corderoy and leatherette saddles which all made for quicker / cheaper production in the factory.
The wood used for making the Collinsons horses was pine, including their legs This meant that the legs to be made thicker for added strength, Other manufacturers such as F H Ayres or Lines would have used beech for their horses legs, enablng them to be made thinner as beech is a stronger wood.
Please see the photos below for examples of various Collinson Rocking Horses & their attributes...