Monday, August 29, 2011

Vintage Model Horses - Breyer and Peter Stone



I guess if you were a kid and you liked horses, you have heard of Breyer model horses. They've been around a while, since 1950, and they still make them today.

I just added this 1981 issue of The Black Stallion to my collection. Hey, it was $5, and $5 s/h, in excellent condition, according to the description.

Since I just bought a few of The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley I read as a girl, what the heck.







These are my Breyer horses from when I was young.




Not too many. But I sure loved them.


Don't know why I wound up with more Appaloosa's than Arabians, because Arabians have always been my favorite.




Still, no matter, I played with them very carefully.






No Barbies for me! This was my toy of choice.





So I happened to be looking around eBay at the Breyers, and wow, they have all this tack for them too!





Cool, realistic halters...




And OMG look at the bridal and saddle combo! If I had this when I was a kid, I would have gone... Can I say it? Frikkin' crazy happy if I had this realistic looking tack to play with!!

And they have all kinds of tack and stuff nowadays. If you know horses, yeah, all of that stuff!





Then I saw all these fancy Arabian halters and lead ropes.

And I noticed this model horse modeling these halters was particularly stunning.








That's when I discovered, Peter Stone model horses for the first time. About a week ago.

I guess "Stone horses" as they are known, have been around as long as Breyer, but gee, a poor kid like me would have never been able to afford one. They all seem to start at $150. Custom one's much higher. I'm glad I didn't know about them because I would have spend my childhood drooling over the Peter Stone horses and feeling like my Breyers were a little less cool than I thought they were.



I guess folks do these "mock" horse shows with them? But wowie wow they are amazing!

Nope, can't start collecting them now, even if I can afford them. I just cannot justify sinking money into a model horse that I could buy an amazing mid century lamp for.

But gee... They are beautiful.




I suppose toy horses was the first thing I collected.

Did you collect anything as a kid? I bet you did too!!
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31 comments:

  1. Wow, I absolutely love these! I've seen the Breyer horses around (and have resisted the urge to collect...so far). I have never seen the Peter Stone horses though. Super cool. I collected cat knick-knacks as a child. And then my grandfather (who was a wheeler-dealer) starting bringing home everything cat that he'd find for me. Before long, my room was like a crazy cat museum!

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  2. Haha Mom used to add to my cat collection more than I did. I have most of those, too. :)

    Breyers are extremely affordable these days. I remember looking at them about 8 years ago, and they were selling for crazy high prices. Not any more!

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  3. Oh, yes, I remember having model horses like that as a kid. In fact, I had a whole "animal table," which was a bureau on top of it were all my china animals. Horses, dogs, pigs, cows, birds, everything. I loved my "animal table."

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  4. aawww that is a lovely blast from the past ;-)) Those horses are beautiful, i had a smiliar one for my sindy doll but nothing as gorgeous as those. I collected cermaic face masks from different countrys when i was little i can't think for the life of me why ;-)) dee x

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  5. My mom gave away all my childhood Breyers but I managed to snag some years ago at the San Diego flea market for cheap. I do still have the Arabian she decorated for our California Ranger dinner in the early 60's, though. I seem to remember having some tack for my Breyers when I was a kid but I may have to invest in something like that halter--too cute! I wonder who was privy to Peter Stone models when we were kids--I was horse crazy and we had actual horses but I don't remember hearing about that. Probably because they were too expensive! I swear to God, girl, we were separated at birth (even though I'm older than you)!

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  6. Beautiful model horses!I never had Breyer or Stone horses as a kid, but I would have loved them. My grandfather raised horses, and he had me on horseback by the time I was about 3 years old. He was quite the artist too, so he spent countless hours with me teaching me about the anatomy of horses and showing me how to draw them. I literally did hundreds of pencil and charcoal drawings of horses back then...a really good memory. Would you believe I didn't keep a single drawing?

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  7. Your collection is beautiful. I was never a horse girl but for some reason I could not resist picking up a blonde Breyer horse at an estate sale awhile back. Maybe my baby boy will like it?

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  8. My son has a Breyer Donkey from a That's why we didn't send the donkey to college (because nobody likes a smart @##!) party when he graduated. It's so cute. Breyerfest is a big deal her in KY, of course.

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  9. RRG: I know I have "animal shelves". Cats and horses, of course, but I had a few other little things too. Bunnies and such.

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  10. delia. The cool toy horses with the "real" manes and tails came out ofter I was a kid and a little more grown up. I always wanted to brush their hair.

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  11. Christine: The halters are like $5-$10, the saddles are only around $25 for some hand made ones, really nice too!

    I'm tempted to get some halters and maybe ONE saddle.

    Breyers themselves are soooo affordable. $5 - $20 each. I've been scanning the Arabians....

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  12. Wow Dana, I spent the first 10 years of my young artists career drawing horses. I have quite a few of my drawings because Mom encouraged me to keep a lot of them.

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  13. Rhan: I thought they were the coolest thing. But whatever you do, do NOT check out the Stone horses. You will want one!

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  14. Helen: I just saw a Breyer mule ha ha. I had no idea they made anything other than horses until I checked eBay.

    And I just heard about Breyerfest today by checking out when Breyer started making their horses. :)

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  15. I collected horses too. I was a member of a horse book club and some of my books came with horses. Misty of Chincoteague was my favorite.

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  16. I wish there was a horse book club when I was a kid! But I did read every horse book I could find in every library I could get to as a kid.

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  17. I think the Breyers are lovely! Just as nice as the more expensive ones. I always wanted a real horse as a kid but we lived in suburbia so no go.

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  18. What is it about young girls and horses? I was so obsessed with them for a while, and would dream that I was riding my bike and it turned into a horse. Then, I would wake up and ...disappointment. My aunt and uncle had a gas station/store on the way to the Lake of the Ozarks, and had a pony for a while. I just loved going there and seeing it, entertaining the idea it could someday be mine. But, my parents wouldn't budge. I suppose there was no where to keep it, but who's practical at that age? LOL! Love the horses, especially the one with that spunky look in it's eyes!

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  19. I've never really been into horses but I did have a horse for my Barbie called Dallas. He/she was pretty cool.
    Lately I've been into the mid mod stylised ones though - brass or ceramic.
    As a kid, I half-heartedly collected coins and also decorative soaps - ha ha. I achieved my Brownie collector's badge for those babies :D

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  20. I had a few, a Clydesdale, an black Arabian foal, and a couple of others. I always wanted 'The Black' as well as Misty (I see her lurking up there in your pictures ;-)).

    I sold mine to some antique dealer friends some years back. The statues had been a big part of my teenage years, but spent their entirety of my adulthood in boxes. I took pictures to remember them by.

    Funny, I came across a bunch of Breyer horses at an antique fair this past weekend. They were expensive!

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  21. ZSM: I'm shocked I even got the pony. The horse, well, that's a whole story, there. Didn't have him for long.

    I adored my pony, but that's also a whole story there lol. Another time, perhaps.

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  22. MD: I was a Brownie or Bluebird or whatever for a short time. Seems to me the girls in that group were all mean, their Moms were gossips too, so you know where they got it from. I stopped at a few merit badges because the girls made the group unbearable.

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  23. Carole:

    Like I mentioned, if you ever want to "replace" them, they are selling for very affordable prices on eBay again. About 10 years ago when I needed money, badly, I almost sold mine on eBay. They were fetching some bucks back then. I relented, kept mine in a box for years, and now I'm glad I did.

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  24. So I have to chime in, I still have a HUGE Breyer horse collection from when I was a kid (like close to 300 - my mom loved and collected them too). I still remember all the hours I spent playing with Brenda Breyer and my "herd". I haven't bought any in years (with the exception of the 1958 elephant model that was just too fabulous that I found for a steal price in a local shop), but it's amazing to see how they have progressed in design and style wise. I'm not sure if I will ever be able to part with them since they were such a huge part of my childhood, but my biggest challenge now is determining how to store them all...

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  25. Oh yes, I have a bulging collection of HSO's, starting in 1966. Seeing your Appaloosa Performance Horse put a smile on my face as mine is the "king" of my herd! He stands on my nightstand table. He is the only one I ever got for Christmas as a kid.

    Stones are pricy but I had a Saddlebred made to my specs (in their Design a Horse program) for $89.00. I get to pick the color, markings, finish. You can see him on my blog sorta'. I have the Hartland Lone Ranger riding him since for some reason the LR came with Tonto's horse (well, not really but a Breyer Western Pony in pinto).

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  26. I Live. Wow!! I would have been green with envy at your collection as a kid!

    I don't know about the Breyer dolls back then, but the one's I see now are surprisingly poorly made, or they just don't look very... What's the word? They look dumb lol. Surprised the dolls were not of the "quality" of the horses.

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  27. Gee Christine, A special made Stone horse! How cool!

    I'm surprised I didn't make tack for mine. I tried to carve out the hooves of one of mine, make it look realistic, and I was going to make a little hoof pick, but I didn't have any special carving tools so I gave up after 3 hoofs lol.

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  28. I adore this blog! I collect Breyer Horse too! I have a ton boxed up in my basement, safely tucked away, so they never get hurt, LOL.
    I was one for those horse crazy children. I often think maybe I was a cowgirl once upon a time.
    Thanks for sharing and bring a great memory back to me.
    kim

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  29. I had those, too! Oh you brought back so many memories.

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  30. The dolls used to be MUCH better, back through the mid 90's. They had several types too with different outfits depending on the style of riding as well. I think the ones they sell now aren't nearly as nice though.... It's been a while since I last looked.

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