A Napoleon III horse toy tricycle c.1870, original distressed…
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A Napoleon III horse toy tricycle c.1870, original distressed painted carved wood with moulded cast iron fittings.

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  • Distressed - Usually applied to describe the condition of an item of furniture, and means that the object is extremely worn and is verging on being unsuitable for its intended use, without some restoration or repairs being undertaken.

    Furniture can also be artificially distressed, by deliberate infliction of superficial damage to make it appear old. Artificial distressing can be done with the object of deceiving a purchaser, where the object is being passed off as "of the period", or can be done for aesthetic reasons so that a new object is made to appear as though it has been in use.

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