Object StatementToy horse, Mobo Bronco, ride-on, painted pressed steel, made by D. Sebel & Co Ltd, in either Erith, Kent, England, 1947-1972 or Bankstown, New South Wales, 1951-1957
Physical DescriptionToy horse, Mobo Bronco, ride-on, painted pressed steel, made by D. Sebel & Co Ltd, in either Erith, Kent, England, 1947-1972 or Bankstown, NSW, 1951-1957
The Mobo Bronco horse is made of pressed steel in two halves which are joined down the centre. The details of the facial features, mane, tail, bridle and saddle are pressed as part of the overall horse with plastic reins (missing) hooked into holes in the closed mouth. The horse appears to have been repainted and now features a white body, black mane, tail, hoofs, and eyes, and a red bridle, saddle and saddle cloth. The horse is propelled by the rider sitting on the horse and pushing down on the stirrups then releasing them. It moved across the floor by a spring mechanism concealed inside the body of the horse. When pressure is exerted on the stirrups the front legs shoot forwards and the hind legs move back. As this pressure is released the mechanism retracts and the legs returned to the standing position. Propulsion was aided by wheels in the large hollow feet. Locking devices on the wheels prevent the horse from going backwards. A red and yellow Mobo company transfer decorated with a segmented clown would have been attached to the chest of the horse although this was probably removed before repainting. The word Mobo is pressed into the stirrups.