This big black and white horse belongs to my sister, who received it new as a gift in the late 1950s. It was stored away many years ago in a spare room closet in her home, where it has been kept until now.
This is one of the earliest Breyers, a "Western Horse" model #55 made only between 1954 and 1962. It comes complete with its original "gold" (brass) chain reins and black snap girth saddle (later models had gray shaded saddles). The color is a glossy black and white piebald with gold color bridle and martingale. This horse is a "Traditional" size (approximately 9 inches tall by 12 inches long).
CONDITION is as nice as you will find these that are not "mint in box." The horse is straight and sound, with NO ear tip damage and NO bends or twists. The color is strong with no offensive age yellowing. The saddle is perfect with no signs of use or damage, with a flexible girth and working snap. There is ONE tiny nick on the horse's right flank that does show (see our LAST PHOTOS and the one of the horse's full left side where this can be barely seen), it is a tiny surface nick (showing white under the black color) and we did not color it over.
IMPORTANT - please look at our last two photos. There are several scuffs on the horse's sides from girth rubs. They are are hidden under the saddle and not readily noticeable unless you look for them.
Collectors realize that Breyer's metal snap design actually caused scratching on models' sides. Unless you are careful to fold down a girth flap over the metal, it directly contacts and scratches the plastic. Child owners playing with them almost never paid attention to this.
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