I dug this up in my garden. What is it?  
Looks like a toy horse. Found in London, UK. Unknown material, but is light, could be clay.
I dug this up in my garden. What is it?
Looks like a toy horse. Found in London, UK. Unknown material, but is light, could be clay.
Asked by: Blish123
Category: Artistic, Arts & Culture

Asked on: 20th Mar. 2011
Ending on: 17th Apr. 2011


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  4   :: Suggestion by p_abraham on 20th March 2011

Wow, what an amazing find! Does it look like it had legs that are now broken off, or did perhaps it never have any? Can you tell?

Is it quite soft? Like lead, I think lead would be quite heavy, but I'm sure that old toy horses and the like used to be made of lead...

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  4   :: Comment by Blish123 on 20th March 2011

Thanks, yeah it had legs that have been snapped off. And a hole, where I assume a hair tail attached.

It is really very light, and not metallic. It is hard, and stony.

Thanks for your reply!

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  3   :: Comment by Cookie on 21st March 2011

Did you find anything else in the garden with it? And how long do you think the earth has been undistirbed? It might be difficult to work out but I guess if the building/garden is of a certain age you might be able to work out when it was buried. Brilliant find!

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  1   :: Comment by arrows on 21st March 2011

Yeah, I was going to say that surely the depth of soil that it was found in is pretty key. If it was on the surface, or lightly buried then it must be pretty new, or at least recently lost...

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  2   :: Comment by arrows on 20th March 2011

If it's lead it would be 50's/ 60's in age, but if it's clay (like suggested) it could be much older - Roman? Surprising to see the ears intact.

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  2   :: Comment by Blish123 on 20th March 2011

Thanks for your comment.

When I figure it out I'll keep you updated!

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  3   :: Suggestion by jamsgra [m] on 21st March 2011

There is a ceramic toy horse on this page that's in the British Museum: http://schlanghole.wordpress.com/

This is a ceramic model of a horse with harness and was probably used as a child's toy. Its ears are missing as well as part of its tail. It was once exhibited at "Equus, Three Millennia of the Horse" at 181 Piccadilly, London from April-June 2003. We sometimes forget that in ancient times there were children and those children, just as today, played with toys.

Could your horse be ceramic?

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  1   :: Comment by stevejones11 on 22nd March 2011

Take it into the museum. Why not!? They'll know...

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  2   :: Suggestion by Leika99 on 21st March 2011

Is it hollow? Does it feel light enough to be hollow? I think if it's hollow, then that's a give away that it's quite new.

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  2   :: Suggestion by ted-durst on 28th March 2011

Any news on this? I'm fascinated now...

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