The Forbush Dala Hästar

In Fun

This red, five inch, Dala Hästar (Dala Horse) is my Great Grandmothers who immigrated from Sweden. The Horse got passed down through out my family. When my Grandmother passed away my Grandfather gave it to my mom. This horse is an original from Sweden hand carved by the Olsson brothers around 1930. Nowadays, the Nils Olsson Hästar’s are hand painted, but made with machinery. The Nils Olsson shop is in Nusnäs, Sweden. The Dala Hästar is now a symbol of Sweden. Men in Sweden, would carve the horses in the forest and bring them home for their children to play with. They are painted with bright colors and flowers, just like the furniture and walls in that area. This artifact is even more special now because it was an original and hand carved. 

Place(s): Nusnäs, Sweden.

– Rose Pavuk

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more