Breyer Model Horses

Written by James Lyons
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Breyer model horses are great for young boys and young girls but better for avid collectors. The Breyer Molding Company began making model horses back in 1950, at the behest of the Mastercrafter Clock Company. Mastercrafter had a mold of a standing horse in western gear that they wanted produced for their clocks. Since Mastercrafter was unable to pay the molding expenses, Breyer kept the mold as payment.

Breyer began making the Western Horse for western stores and the C. W. Woolworth Company. These models sold remarkably well thus spawning Breyer Animal Creations. Reeves International of New Jersey bought Breyer Animal Creations back in 1984, and continues to make these beautiful model horses today. The older models are incredibly valuable and gobbled up by collectors every year.

Breyer Model Horses Have Incredible Value

Breyer models can usually be identified by the raised Breyer copyright mark on the inside flank of a back leg. Most marks include the country of manufacture (usually the United States, but sometimes China or Mexico), the year the model was made, and a "C" for copyright. Breyer Model horses also often contain some combination of the company identification (BMC, B, Breyer, Breyer Molding Co., Reeves).

These molded marks were introduced in 1960. Prior to that, Breyer model horses were marked with hang tags or stickers, which were typically removed by the customer. If you have an old model horse and you don't know who the manufacturer is, check to see if it's a Breyer model horse. It could be very valuable.

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