How To: Verifying Vintage Breyer Horses Part 2

Continuing from last week, this week we’ll focus on the number one question I get at Golden Oak Stables’ shows “What is this horse and when was it made”. This week we’ll go over the 70’s and 80’s.

In the 197o’s Breyer horses changed drastically; Breyers were begining to become very popular with collectors beginning to pop up as well as shows begining to be formed. The hobby really got it’s “Start” in the 1970’s and Breyer took notice. Many new molds were released in the 1970’s and famous horses like Lady Phase and Yellow Mount were created. During the early 1970’s the country went through an oil criss and the plastics that Breyer used was affected. Breyer’s supplies of plastic was depleted and recycled plastic was used. The recycled plastic was often a color other than the pure, clean white that Breyer is known for; due to this Breyer was forced to paint a white base coat on the horse. This white basecoat caused the finish to be very delicate and due to this these horses, dubbed “Chalkies”, are very difficult to find and very collectible. Another thing to look for in horses from the 1970’s is that horses that were produced from the 1960’s were almost all glossy, those horses that made it into production in the 1970’s were often changed over from the glossy finish to a matte one. Lastly, Breyer produced the first Stablemate and Classic scale horses during this time period.


Breyer Chalky Belgian from the 1970’s

The 1980’s brought a very popular decade for Breyer. Collecting and showing were becoming incredibly popular and Breyer began creating not only new molds but also some new techniques. Many of the horses during this time period took off of the iconic 80’s popular Neon colors and are very bright and florescent versions of regular horse colors like palomino and bay. Also during the 1980’s Breyer started to play with hand detailing some of their limited edition horses and some will have hand painted hooves or eyes. The popularity of showing brought even more realistic paint jobs and an extended line of horses in all sizes and colors.


Breyer Classic Quarter Horse Stallion from the 1980’s; Notice the bright neon color

It helps to understand a bit about what makes your horse what it is and when it was made. While they might not be “vintage” we’ll go over horses from the 90’s and 00’s next week to finish this off!


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