Winter has been filled with horses for me. Not because I am doing a lot of riding; like Laura, the weather is not favorable, and as I mentioned in my last post, when it is nice out, I have been busy with book deadlines, teaching and retailing. So this Christmas, horses have filled me in a different way -- through my three booths at antique malls.
Last week I bought a 62 horse Breyer collection from a dealer who wanted to concentrate on holiday wares. 62 horses! Sounds crazy unless you are another horse person who has loved Breyer since she could say "horsie." Fortunately, the dealer threw in her Breyer Animal Collector's Guide. Since I started this 'business' last winter, I have discovered that with every new treasure I buy, I need to learn a whole new vocabulary and wealth of information. As many of you know, Breyer has been creating models since the 1950s. They come in different sizes, colors and shapes that use over 350 molds. They are exquisitely hand-painted with life-like detail. The Chinese are reproducing them, but so far, they are far inferior and easy to distinguish from the real thing.
What am I going to do with 62 horses? Enjoy them, first. Then research and sell them on Ebay. This should take me, oh, about a year. Let's face it, I am still cataloging an Indian pottery collection I bought three months ago, so I am getting more realistic about the time and energy needed for Ebay.
So if anyone has a Breyer model you have been dying for, let me know. I just might have it!
The neat thing about my 'antiquing' is I find horses wherever I go, and not just Breyer models. I recently got to glean through a postcard collection and found three (out of about 2,000) horse postcards from the early 1900s. The art and colors are still so beautiful, I couldn't help but fall in love with them, just like I do the ceramic figurines, the cute horse planters, the paintings, the books--you get the idea. One find was a 1903 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. It's not worth much to sell because of the condition, but I treasure it! So I'll wish all of you at Equestrian Ink a horse-filled holiday with this photo of a wonderful 1930s postcard.
Happy Holidays to you, your family and all your critters!