- Wow! Have you seen the responses on the “Breyer Communications” located at the bottom of the Vintage page? There are some pretty impressive pictures of truly Vintage Models as well as insight as to what makes a Vintage Model Vintage. If you haven't checked it out yet, do that now before you forget. And as you read through the comments you will notice questions that have been asked as well as answered. So add you comment or ask a question. This is what these pages are being created for; to help Collectors of all levels. And once to get involved, it is so much fun!
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- We have also added a survey to a few pages. We have so many new people who are now reading the Breyer SpotLight each week; and we would like to get to know you better. So if you would, take just a few minutes to fill out this quick survey. It is only 10 questions with very easy answers that will help get to know who you are as well as know your needs. That is the most important of all.
And if you filled out our previous survey we did before launching the website, we would really like to hear from you again. Hey, things change to say the least. You may need different things now than you did a year ago. So let us know. And we promise to do all we can to help you fill those needs.
Well the clocks have been turned ahead and we are feeling the need for warm weather once again. I love spring, I think most everyone does. And when the seasons change so do the routines.
We know it is spring here on the farm for several reasons. First are the chicks that are always so happy when we walk through the door. They simply spread the sound of joy everywhere. Then of course we have calves that are being born. It really does not take very long for these little ones to know how to run and jump and play. They are all so much fun to watch.
And as you watch, you can notice little details about each one that sets them apart. Even if all the calves are black, there are still different characteristics about them that make them different. Same with the chicks. They may be the same breed, Americauna or Black Austrilorp, but there are tiny little things that make them different from each other.
Model Horses have these as well.
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Variations Can Matter:
As long as Breyer Model Horses have been in production, there has been a variety of details that have been changed. What makes collecting these varieties like a treasure hunt is finding out these little details that sets a particular Model apart from all the rest.
Take for example, the Mustang Model that is always popular. Breyer has produced many Model variations on this particular Mold for many years because many Collectors enjoy him so very much. As you get further into the study of this particular Mold and the Models released, you start to learn a great deal.
For example, when consulting with a friend who had an Albino Mustang Model listed on eBay recently; I told her about the little known fact that the black eye model she was selling was harder to find than the red eye version. And even though she has an extensive Collection of Breyer Models, well over a thousand of them, she did not know the one she was selling was harder to find.
According to Nancy Young's book, Breyer Molds and Models, on page 224 it reads:
“This model is called 'albino' in all catalogs and price lists that include him. True to this labeling some #85s have so-called 'red eyes', which are actually dark reddish-brown. Other models have black eyes. In my experience and that of other collectors, the red-eyed version is more common than the black-eyed version (this is the opposite situation from the albino Five-Gaiter, the black-eyed version of which is more common than the red-eyed.) Some #85s have pink and gray stallion parts. Some models also have pink shading by the inside corners of the eyes.”
This is part of the fascination of Collecting Breyer Models and trying to find that “needle” in the hay stack so to speak. It is a treasure hunt that is fun.
I feel I must make a note concerning Nancy Young, the author of the above mentioned book. Nancy took it upon herself to do extensive research on the Breyer Company from its very beginnings to 1997. She traveled the country interviewing executives such as Peter Stone, factory workers, along with finding and reading early sales brochures and adds that were used when the company first started.
It is as a credit to Nancy Young's desire and attention to detail that her books are recommended and will be referred back to quite often. And it is with the help of this great resource that you will be able to find that treasure, maybe even in your own attic.
Until next time: Keep Imagining!