Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Blanket Collection Part 3
Back to our regularly scheduled blanket review. You will recall two previous chapters: Three Strands at Once (blankets are the third strand) and My Blanket Collection. I confess the interest I got in this subject was surprising... and gratifying. Moving on to the third (and tentatively last) chapter in this most interesting corner of the model horse tack kingdom, I bet you didn't know Peter Stone Company released blankets too!
Of course this is the famous Sleazy Sleepwear for model horses. I may have put on the neck part wrongly -- it should be underneath the body cover -- but this shows how the whole thing goes together on the horse. There's no cinch or girth for the body cover, just tight, non-adjustable elastic bands for the hind legs. The stretchy material is quite snug. Contrary to what it looks like, the tail bag is not about to fall off! The degree to which this set fit the ISH is astounding; clearly it was designed for this model. Although I have seen Sleazy Sleepwear in every color of the rainbow and then some,"rainbow" was the only one I wanted. I felt one example was enough.
Back to Breyer, here is a standard blanket I've had for many years:
(Note that this horse, resincast Victrix, came with interchangable tails, and I simply didn't put one in for this shot.)
Speaking of Breyer blankets, here's the golden oldie, model number 3946:
One of the shortest-carried has to be this oddity:
Before we leave Breyer's blankets, one last example must be added: The 2002 Holiday Special, which was only the second Christmas costume to come out.
There is a big brass buckle on black velcro at the chest, which opens. The embroidered words are only on the off side. And no, I'm not planning on leaving it on that horse. For the shoot, I reached for a very loud-colored and glossy animal -- so that's why you have this Breyer blanket on a Stone.
For the closing section of my Blanket Collection posts I want to focus on what may be the largest, but least appreciated, source of model blankets ever: Homemades, by Anonymous.
Here's a close up of the winning entry at the 2012 Intermediaire:
Here's a blanket I've had kicking around forever. Who made it? When did it arrive? No one knows.
Finally, a case of non-anonymity. Mary Lineman made this championship cooler:
Amazing!!! This is far more blankets than I've ever collected... or even seen in one place...!