Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Orangey-brown stallion - XVII.11

Images

colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.11)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.11)

  • x-ray of the neck of a wooden horse showing metal nails

    X-ray of the neck of a carved wooden horse (XVII.8)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.7)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.11)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.11)

  • Photo of strips of different colours annotated to explain different paint layers

    Paint analysis of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings.( XVII.7)

  • Interior view of wooden horse

    Endoscope image showing the materials and construction details visible inside the body cavity of horse. (XVII.9)

Object number: XVII.11

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.11
Maximum height: 194 cm
Maximum length: 212 cm
Body length: 168 cm
Head height: 136 cm
Girth: 188 cm

Wooden Horse - Orangey-brown stallion - XVII.11

Description

Construction

‘Battenberg’ four-block type

Type of Wood

Oak

Pose

Head: Tilted
Legs: Front right leg raised; Back legs not raised

Distinguishing Features

Mane: Plait in mane
Ears: Thin, nicely carved and pointing forward
Tail: Carved tailband

2012-13 Research

Paint Analysis:
Eight paint treatments.
Primer: lead white, left dirty
Undercoat: as topcoat
Original topcoat: mid-brown
Topcoat today: orangey-brown

Endoscope:
Grain of the timber forming part of the body is very clear and the uneven surface is the result of the use of gouges or similar tools to remove excess wood and create the cavity. In the neck marks left by the tools look rougher, particularly at the far end where a different tool may have been employed.

X-ray:
Results awaited 2013

Dendrochronology:
N/A

Current Attribution:
Carver unknown

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.11
Maximum height: 194 cm
Maximum length: 212 cm
Body length: 168 cm
Head height: 136 cm
Girth: 188 cm

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Endoscopy and the Wooden Horses of the Line of Kings Click on the title link above to find out more.

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