This eyecatching, cast metal horse is an excellent representative of the larger size figurines produced from original sculptures by Gladys Brown Edwards, a well known American horsewoman, artist and sculptor. This is a stallion. He is hollow, made of "gray metal" (also called spelter) or white metal. The finish is a dark "faux bronze."
SIZE: Just under 10 inches tall from tabletop to ear tips; approximately 11 inches total length. This figurine weighs just under 3 pounds before packing.
CONDITION is extremely nice, with NO cracks, splits, stains, repairs, or metal stressed areas. To nitpick, there are several small discolorations on his right hip, expected on this type of metal (see our pictures, please).
The only mark on this figure is a number 4 cast on the underside between his front legs. There is no maker mark, but the book, "Metal Horse Figurines" by Carolyn Martin confirms that Mrs. Edwards' work -- showing virtually identical examples -- was widely used to mass produce horse figurines for gifts, trophies, carnival pieces, lamps and clocks. This big fellow is identical to those found on clocks, which are usually brass plated. The mold he was produced from clearly was made from one of the sculptures Mrs. Edwards created.
IMPORTANT - Gladys Brown Edwards' castings were produced in extremely prolific numbers and numerous sizes - "something for everyone," for many purposes and a wide price range. We are calling this horse a "mid-grade" -- this casting does have mold seams that are obvious and a few places where "extra metal" at seams was not filed away (SEE OUR PICTURES), the mark of lower cost finishing work. And there is little detail on the lower legs and hooves. But there is no denying Mrs. Edwards' signature sculpting style and talent. Higher quality examples incorporate much more intricately detailed features than this horse does -- but they are higher priced as well!
We point to Gladys Brown Edwards because of the obvious knowledgeable details in the figure, which her followers will immediately recognize: correct body proportions on the horse,with a sweet expression, detailed eyes, nose and mane; a Western parade outfit including a bridle with decorations down the front of the face and conchos matching those on the saddle; intricate "tooled" designs on the saddle skirt, fenders and tapadero stirrups. The "reins" are a almost certainly the original, correct key chain, which has darkened with age. These details further confirm him as produced from a GBE sculpture.
BACKGROUND : Gladys Brown Edwards (1908 - 1989) was a well known equine sculptor, artist and writer. The realism and character of the horses she created endeared her to the public, and her strong following continues to this day. A recognized expert on the Arabian horse breed, she was long associated with the W. H. Kellogg ranch in Pomona, California. Her marriage to Col. Cecil L. Edwards, owner of The Horseman’s Studio and connected with The Metal Corporation of America, solidified her professional status creating sculptures for casting into metal figurines. Gladys Brown Edwards began working for the Dodge Foundry in 1934, where most of her sculptures were made, and some of her most recognizable works were used as trophies by the Arabian Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. By 1939, Dodge had became the world’s largest trophy manufacturer, before spinning off into being a leader in producing metal gift and souvenir items.
Large Metal Horse Figurine Cast From Gladys Brown Edwards Original Sculpture