Since the very beginning Breyer has given each model ever created a number of their own. Thousands of models later this number has become an important cataloging and collecting tool for many collectors. What number your horse has can tell you many things about the model and help you keep track of what you have in your collection, and what you hope to add to it.
Commonly accepted as the first Breyer horse, the Palomino Western Horse started it all as number 57. For the first few decades it seemed like there wasn’t too much of a pattern to numbering models, families commonly had number in sequence, such as 4,5 and 6 for the iconic Palomino Family Arabian Foals, but models weren’t commonly released in sequential numbers.
In the 1970’s new sets began being released, these classic sets were a little smaller in scale than the Traditional models that had been the only option before then and they had new sets of four digit numbers as well! Stablemates also were introduced in the 1970’s with their own sets of four digit numbers.
In the 1980’s Special Run models became a collectors favorite. These models could be any scale and began coming with a five or six digit number to identify them. Even today Special Runs still have six digit numbers that identify them for both Breyer and collectors alike.
Regular Run models now commonly have a four digit number to identify them with a little variation here and there. This number can be a very helpful tool for collectors to keep track of their collections. Numbers are not commonly reused by Breyer, it has happened a handful of times, but for the most part, one number corresponds to one horse. For collectors this is a great way to easily catalog collections! This can also be helpful for knowing which models you are looking for or which you’d like to add to your collection.
No matter what kind of collector you are, a little organization is always a good thing! So the next time you get a new horse from Golden Oak Stables, take a moment to look at the model number on the box, it might just help you keep things a lot more organized in your barn!