Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Vintage Boxes

I recently won a lot of vintage riders, accessories, and pets, which all came in their original boxes, which is a rather unusual occurrence as most people would just throw the packaging away. I've been wanting a vintage sidesaddle rider for a while and the other riders were particularly nice as well... and I've never been known to pass up a chance at any pet.

I couldn't find any dates on the boxes beyond the month - October, November, and one blurred - but the stamps are pre-decimalization stamps which were discontinued in 1971 and I've found examples of these particular stamps listed with the date of 1967, though I'm not sure how many years they were available. So, I'm guessing the dates of these models are some time between 1967 and 1971.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Longear Molds: Donkey & Mule

Farfrae Candlelight
What with one thing and another - my main collection focus being Breyers, my disappointment with the quality/cost of my HOTY model - I didn't get another Julip until 2012, this time a proper Julip Original.

Pony Molds: Vintage Native Types

Bellwood Sexton
Sexton is a vintage Dartmoor from between 1953-61 based on his lead leg wires. He has been restored, repainted, and rehaired.

Pony Molds: Vintage Show Types

Farfrae Cheeky
Cheeky is an extensively restored vintage Pony Hunter. His mouth letter is d, meaning he was made in 1974. The mold is supposed to stand square, but the model came to me with the off-hind leg in a cocked position, so I copied that when I resculpted the limb. He has been repainted, but effort has been made to closely match the original colour and painting style.

Pony Molds: Vintage Pony Mare (I & II)

Farfrae Frosch

Pony Molds: Vintage Welsh Pony (I & II)

Bellwood Hopscotch
Hopscotch is an early example - likely produced between 1953-61 due to the lead leg wires - of the first Welsh Pony mold. This particular model was likely a special order due to his detailed and realistic pinto pattern. His legs are in rough shape, but as the body is hard and seems stable, I'd prefer to leave him be.

Pony Molds: Welsh Pony

Farfrae Barely Painted Lady
Lady was a special order from 1990, and was called Holly Berry by her second owner. Her name comes from EG's Badly Painted Lady, whom she strongly resembles.

Pony Molds: Shetland Pony

Pucklechurch Periwinkle
Periwinkle was my 2017 special order portrait of Merrylegs from Black Beauty. His name comes from his colour and cheerful sound. The book never went into much detail about Merrylegs' colour beyond "dapple grey", so I was free to choose my preferred shade. Most of the time the pony is depicted as a white-grey, but I wanted something a little more dramatic. This is really just an earlier stage of the greying process.

Pony Molds: Pit Pony

Farfrae Frida

Pony Molds: New Forest Pony

Farfrae Pom Poko
I had just received my special order tanuki pets when I purchased this pony and the following model. I was planning a Japanese-themed photo story for my raccoon dogs and thought it would be fun to incorporate the new horses into the story, too, hence all the Japanese names.

Pony Molds: Dartmoor Pony

Farfrae Mystic Tango
The Spares frenzy at the 2016 Lake District Live was especially savage due to the continued closure of special orders and the relatively few models available due to an unusually large number of purchases at the previous show. Mystic Tango barely had a chance to hit the table before I snatched him up. I had gone in hoping for a Connemara or one of the cobs, but I instantly fell in love with this strangely familiar little black Dartmoor.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Foal Molds: Yearling

Farfrae El Manzoor de Galiza
It seemed a shame to split up the little herd of Canadian horses, so the bay Yearling in the sales post somehow found his way into the box. El Manzoor de Galiza is from the same April 2014 Spares batch as Alhambra. El Manzoor is an Hispano-Árabe, a cross of the Arabian and Andalusian breeds and is the foal of Farfrae Alonzo Cortez de Baptista III, and Farfrae Ave Britannia.

Foal Molds: Vintage Yearling

Farfrae Jubilee
Jubilee came from an eBay lot of severely damaged horses and riders from around the early 1970s. She has been heavily restored.

Foal Molds: Vintage Foal

Blue Street Comus
This little foal's name comes from that of the main character of The Unbearable Bassington, by Saki, and he is the foal to Bassington in Exile, the Jumping Horse; both models came from the same auction.

Foal Molds: Foal

High Tor Gwydion

Foal Molds: Clydesdale Foal

Farfrae Albahaca Ismail Ruiseñor
Albahaca is the son of Alhambra Yusuf Escobar. They both came from Spares nights and look as if they were made as a set, but Alhambra is a year older, being made in April 2014, while Albahaca was made May 2015. In keeping with the father/son theme, I made Albahaca matching mane and tail ribbons and gave him a braided and tied tail.

Horse Molds: Welsh Cob

Farfrae Noridasu
Not long after I purchased Shio, I was shocked to see her twin turn up in a Facebook sales post.

Horse Molds: Thoroughbred

Farfrae Valkyrie

Horse Molds: Sport Horse

Oathlaw Galahad

Horse Molds: Show Cob

Brackenfen Kestrel
Kestrel was my first Show Cob and one of the first ones made of this mold. I purchased him second-hand, but he was originally a spare from 2008. He and the Lipizzaner, Alvar, were possibly from the same spares batch as their base colour is identical. I rehaired Kestrel from dark brown nylon to a similar colour mohair. I'm not happy with his mane, so he's probably going to find himself scalped again soon.

Horse Molds: Mustang

Farfrae Shiohigari
Shiohigari is a spare from November 2009; I purchased her in 2016 through eBay. Her name is Japanese for "shell gathering at low tide" as I got a rather beachy vibe from her. Shio was formerly a gelding named Quiz with synthetic white and black hair. When he arrived in the horse room he became a she and was re-haired with chocolate and white mohair.

Horse Molds: Lipizzaner

Farfrae Alonzo Cortez de Baptista III
Shortly before Lake District Live 2016, I purchased a small herd of Julips from Canada. With luck, they would arrive just before the show, but instead they arrived the day after. Though the postal service was slow in this case, at least they didn't damage the models.

Horse Molds: Vintage Sport Horses

Farfrae Muggle

Horse Molds: Irish Draught

Farfrae Roanoke Magellan

Horse Molds: Hunter

Pucklechurch Bête Noire

Horse Molds: Feathered Cob

Farfrae Alhambra Yusuf Escobar
While waiting to see if another model from this seller was going to end up my hands, I started taking a shine to the bay Feathered Cob in the same sales post. Alhambra  is an April 2014 spare and only spent a short time in Canada before returning to the UK, this time up north to Scotland.

Horse Molds: Family Horse

Farfrae Reothart Dubhadh Gréine
Reo was my first Julip horse and was purchased second-hand through Facebook in 2015. She's the Family Horse mold and was created around 2008. Reo's name is Gaelic for springtide solar eclipse - she arrived on the day of the March 2015 solar eclipse.

Horse Molds: Eventer

Farfrae Saturn's Fortunate Daughter

Horse Molds: Dressage Horse

Willowmere Impulsive Venture
Venti is a Dressage Horse spare from the 2015 Lake District Live show and my second equine spare. I felt his colouring and hair gave him a rather willowy look and my snatch and grab during the Spares Frenzy was thoroughly impulsive. He originally had long, flowing, slightly unmanageable hair until I gave him a running braid in the mane and a loose braid in the tail and added variegated purple rosettes for a little colour.