The Early Years
Breyer Animal Creations® began as the Breyer Molding
Company, a Chicago, Illinois-based plastics manufacturing company. Its first
model horse, the # 57 Western Horse, made its appearance in 1950. It was a
special order for the F.W. Woolworth Company, made to adorn a mantelpiece
clock. The company was then flooded with requests from people who saw it and
wanted to know if they could purchase just the horse! By accepting that one
order, the Breyer Molding Company had changed the focus of its business and company
The Breyer Animal Creations brand is Reeves International’s
largest line. Today, under the Reeves International umbrella, Breyer
manufactures plastic, porcelain, and resin model horses, animals and
accessories for play and collecting.
Breyer model horses, which begin as artist’s sculptures, are all handcrafted and hand-painted with airbrushes and paintbrushes. Approximately 20 different artisans handle each individual Breyer model from start to finish – a process, which, 62 years later, is still done by human hands, not machines. Even today, no two Breyer model horses are ever exactly alike!
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