The Breyer Vintage Club is a limited membership, online club created to celebrate Breyer’s extraordinary artistic equine legacy that began in 1950. Each year, the Breyer Vintage Club offers four (4) very special model releases to club members – each one an artful blend of Breyer models, decorations and finishes from yesterday and today. In addition, an optional Special Run model is offered exclusively to Vintage Club members.
The Vintage Club also celebrates the artists whose talents and unique vision created legendary models that are still coveted by collectors to this day. Vintage Club models are packaged in unique boxes inspired by those of Breyer’s early history, along with a Certificate of Authenticity that discusses the history behind the sculpture, its decoration and breed or horse hero. The Breyer Vintage Club is open to all ages but limited to only 1000 members.
Did you know that Breyer released its first model horse in 1950? Made from injection-molded cellulose acetate, a unique cellulose-based plastic, the #57 Western Horse sculpted by Christian Hess, was the Breyer Molding Company’s first model. It was a made-to-order piece to decorate a mantel clock for Woolworth’s, the venerable department store of the 1950s and 1960s. Appreciation for this realistic and authentically scaled equine was widespread. Soon, horse lovers were lobbying the company for freestanding horses of different breeds, and the Breyer Molding Company’s business changed forever.
Breyer’s most prolific sculptor was Christian Hess, who would go on to create more than 100 sculptures for Breyer of varying sizes.
Hess was more than just a sculptor; he was an artist and an engineer who also understood the possibilities and challenges of creating art from injection-molded material. Hess sculpted horses, livestock and wildlife with an unerring eye for authenticity, and oversaw production and decoration as well. He helped set a standard for realism and authenticity which today remains the hallmark of the Breyer brand.
Hess was later joined by other talented and legendary artists that Breyer is privileged to work with today! As a member of the Breyer Vintage Club, you’ll learn more about Breyer’s history and legacy with each new release.
Sold at toy and tack shops, Breyer models became synonymous with the horse world. Horse lovers of all ages began to amass collections of Breyer models. Some collected by breed, others by scale, and others by finish. Models in the Vintage Club blend the molds and finish work of both vintage and modern Breyer models. Club offerings include both vintage decorations on newer molds, as well as fresh interpretations of vintage favorites, which include a variety of finishes from high gloss to “chalky” white basecoats.
Join the conversation! Breyer’s Vintage Club Forum is the place to talk about Vintage Breyer models! It’s a great place to share stories about your latest flea market finds, reminisce about favorite models, and share your ideas for exciting new models that have not yet been created!