But now consider the "net" version: 11 models. One of the boxes and three of the Stablemates are pickups for friends. One friend kindly let me have the blue SM.
Oh and the boxed Icabad? He's an 'investment' for later sale.
So now my total net Loot shot looks like this:
The two blankets were picked up in different places for different prices, but they should all be showing up in another Blanket Blog sometime soon. As my interest continues in this subject, I'm collecting other private individuals' work and not just Breyer blankets.
The saddle came from Russia although the seller could not tell me the maker's name. Subsequent research (thank you Heather again) is putting forth "Natalia Midnightline." I still need to verify this.
The Duende/Straight Bet is well named, as he is just about the "straightest" model I own (Brasenose not with standing, hah!). I needed the mold and I loved the color.
The little bluetail china was a no-brainer. For decades I've had one just like that, only with a green mane. The two together are irresistable:
The Brahma was also irresistable, also for a very old reason. My grandfather had given his wife one of these as an aniversary present. I'd seen it as a child and pestered Grandma until she gave it to me. In 1979 I'd traded it for a Decorator (a Florentine 5-Gaiter). You couldn't do that today, but I still wanted one.
And the buffalo is my BHR take for the year.
Last but never least, Most desired and most gloried in, Named before I got him and thus a sure sign of besottedness! is my obsessed-over Icabad and his luckily-found driving pair partner, Loughnatousa. I'm not sure which one came first; probably the Copperfox, as Finnegan was released in 2015 and Rangoli happened in 2017. Morgen Kilbourn sculpted them both, and from the day I saw True North I'd been wondering what kind of a pair these two molds would make.
I ws thrilled and decided to keep that his name for now. Yet subsequent research has revealed no such thing. If anyone out there knows what this name really means I'd love to hear about it --- !
So I trotted out my best defense. I told BreyerHistoryDiva I'd just wait til they released him in bay and then I'd "etch my own!" Not like I've never done this... wink, wink, Rinker... Imagine my astonishment when I saw Icabad Crane.
It was as though Breyer had read my comment.
The Icabad's name came to me in a dream.
On Thursday afternoon, after photographing all 3 days of NAN, I collapsed on the bed in 610 and took a wee nap. In the dream the scene made sense: I was running through a great sunlit shallow sea, waters flowing away, with a great peaceful sense of flying along, of striding... But when I woke up I knew that name had come out of somewhere completely and totally Other.
Dry The Sea.
It's a habit of mine to get the Jaapi halters of the year, and 2018 was no exception. Jaapi (p. yoppy) has consistently interpreted BreyerFest's themes. Off To The Races translated into the racing stables' colors for Brass Hat, Justify and American Pharaoh. I think they're neat. With so much loot, I need them.