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Vintage Gorgeous Earliest Breyer Palomino Western Horse One Owner Model
This big palomino is a one-owner horse, given as a gift to my sister in the late 1950s and stored in a spare room closet in her house ever since. It's wonderful in shaded golden caramel color so shiny that it looks wet.
This is a Model # 57 Breyer Western Horse, introduced in 1950 and made through the 1960s. Classified as "Traditional" it is about 12 inches long and 9 inches tall.
Our horse is a glossy palomino with stockings and gray hooves. It comes with "gold" (brass) chain reins and its original brown snap girth saddle. The bridle and martingale are decorated in original gold and brown factory paint.
CONDITION is spectacular - as good as they come that are not "mint in box." The body is mirror shiny, and it is difficult to find signs of rubbing on the horse's sides. The only issue we can find is some slight, hard to see scuffing on the side of the neck and you must tilt the horse in bright light to see it well (SEE OUR LAST PICTURE). There are NO bends or twists. The horse stands squarely straight and sound. There is no ear tip damage. The brass reins have darkened from age, as brass metal does. The saddle is in perfect condition with flexible girth and working snap.
IMPORTANT - the metal girth snaps actually cause scratching on these models, which is why virtually all of them show marks on their sides. There is a flap intended to fold down over the snap but child owners often were not careful! My sister did prefer her black and white pinto. This palomino appears almost never played with, being pretty much a shelf piece.
PLEASE NOTE - Breyer has always called this color "palomino," but the mane, tail and stockings have always been creamy, pale golden and were never a true white. Horse fanciers will know the difference!
COLLECTOR NOTE: The early Western Horses never carried a Breyer Molding Co. marking.
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