This large cast metal horse figurine is a very nice representative of the works of Gladys Brown Edwards, a well known sculptor of Arabian horses. This is a stallion, made of "gray metal" which can also be called spelter or white metal. The finish is a dark "faux bronze." He is hollow, and has been produced from a mold that clearly was made from one of the sculptures Mrs. Edwards created.
SIZE: At 8 inches tall at the ear tip and 10 inches long from nose to tail, he makes an imposing figure on a display shelf.
The letters FMC is a maker mark, cast on the underside between his front legs. The book, "Metal Horse Figurines" by Carolyn Martin confirms that Mrs. Edwards' work was used by this company to produce figurines, possibly for carnival pieces. 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 mid-grade, lower cost finishing work. And there is little detail on the lower legs and hooves. But there is no denying Mrs. Edwards' talent in the original sculpture from which this casting was made.
We point to Gladys Brown Edwards because of the intricate detail 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 parade outfit including a bridle with decorations down the front of the face and conchos matching those on the saddle; intricate designs on the saddle skirt, fenders and tapadero stirrups. The "reins" are a dark bronze color keychain.
CONDITION is extremely nice, with NO cracks, splits, stains, repairs, discoloration or metal stressed areas. PLEASE SEE OUR LAST PHOTO (a huge enlargement): The very tips of his ears are bumped but in real life this is hardly noticeable.
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.
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