1950s Breyer Pinto Plastic Western Saddle Horse & Pony

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 07,2010
  • Channel: Online Auction

1950s Breyer Pinto Plastic Western Saddle Horse & Pony

This is a matching pair of the Breyer Western Horse and Pony in glossy chestnut pinto. The horse stands approximately 10” tall at the eartips. The pony stands approximately 7.5 inches tall at the eartips (the same size as the Hartland 800 Series Horse & Rider sets). At the time these two were first produced, Breyer had only one scale (1:9), now called the Traditional scale. In the Traditional scale, the Western Horse is 10” tall and the Western Pony is 7.5” tall. By the mid-1950s, Breyer made a few horse and rider sets similar to those made by Hartland, and these “ponies” became full sized western "horses" in the new, smaller scale (1:12) which then became the Classic Scale as it is known today. Unlike Hartland, Breyer never made any riders for its larger Traditional scale horses, only for the smaller ones.

The chestnut pinto Western Horse is Model No. 56, and was produced from 1954 to 1967. Because Breyer did not add the USA mark to the mold until 1970, this horse has no USA mark inside the thigh. The chestnut pinto Western Pony is Model No. 42 and was produced from 1956 to 1976. The earlier models of both the horse and the pony came with a brown plastic saddle which had a soft plastic girth which snapped under the belly. In 1968, Breyer introduced their new slip-on style saddle, which did not have the girth. These saddles came out after the chestnut pinto Western Horse and Pony, so they never came with the white or sepia shaded slip on saddle. However, they look very attractive in this saddle. Both horses have their original snap-girth saddles and have been given new untarnished replacement chain reins.

The horse is in good condition with no restorations other than to his ear tips, which were chipped. As you can see in the photos, the horse has no rubs or scratches even under the saddle. The pony has a lot more wear but is still in nice display condiiton. His saddle has been restored and the tapaderos have been replaced. The gold on the saddle's conchos has been repainted and goes well with the gold reins. The ony has rubs from the saddle on each side, but these do not show when the saddle is on, and they are not bad when the saddle is off (see photos). Both horses are clean and shiny, and they have all the gold paint still remaining on their bridles and breast plates. If you take their saddles off and keep these guys in a sunny location (like a window) and turn them every week or so, their white spots will get whiter and whiter until they are snowy, and the brown areas do not fade!

Note the subtle difference in paint styles between the horse and the pony. On the pony, the the entire breastplate is painted gold, while on the horse, only the upper straps and the conchos of the breast plate are painted gold. (This style difference seems to hold true for all Breyer Western Horses and Ponies unless they have been custom painted.) This would be an excellent pair for someone wanting to expand their antique western toys collection or just to enjoy for nostalgia's sake. The saddles alone are worth the opening price, and t is no reserve.

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