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Black Beauty


The Black Beauty mold was introduced in 1979 and has a round "Breyer Molding Co." stamp, and some (but not all) of the early models have the "B" stamp as well. The name "Black Beauty" was taken from the classic book Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell. Interestingly, a #89 Black Beauty was the first model produced in Breyer's New Jersey factory. Several other molds  have models with the "Black Beauty" name as well: Fury Prancer, Morganglanz, Silver (twice), Western Horse, Western Pony (twice), and the Classic scale Black Beauty (also twice) and the Warmblood Stallion. The Black Beauty mold was sculpted by Chris Hess and is Breyer Model #89.

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Photo Photo Photo Model Number Name Color Release Dates Released Through/Notes

(c) Janice Cox

89 Black Beauty black, star, black mane/tail four stockings 1979-1980(?) In addition to these stocking patterns others may exist, including at least one near fore and hind off stocking

(c) Rhonda Peyrot

(c) Rhonda Peyrot

89 Black Beauty black, right hind stocking 1981

(c) Sharon Walbridge

89 Black Beauty black, right fore stocking 1982-1988 See promotional flier below
722 Sir Wrangler bay semi-leopard, star and stripe, black points, hind stockings 1998-1999
802 Fade to Gray slightly semi-gloss dark dapple grey, stripe, charcoal mane/tail 1989-1990
833 Dream Weaver sorrel, flaxen mane/tail, blaze down muzzle and chin, off side stockings 1991 Limited Edition

Based on a real horse of the same name, a Quarter Horse rescued by the Hooved Animal Humane Society

(c) Hillary Hurley

919 Donovan Running Appaloosa Stallion grey dun roan blanket, dappled or bald lower face, splashed on chestnut spots, black spots, near fore and hind stockings 1995-1997

(c) Jamie Dulin

1139 AA Omner fleabitten grey, grey shaded muzzle, grey speckles 2001-2002 With hang tag. Portrait of the Anglo-Arab endurance champion of the same name.

(c) Reeves International, Inc.

1219 Riata Ranch Trick Riding Set
With trick riding tack set, doll, and American flag
chestnut pinto, bi-colored mane, light chestnut tail 2003-2004

1226 The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
With English tack and Paul Revere doll
shaded bay, black points, off fore sock, broken stripe 2005

Limited Edition
(3,500 made)

Model is "Brown Beauty," the horse Paul Revere borrowed for his ride. Bit goes through a small hole in the model's mouth.

1269 Flicka black, metallic undercoat, eye whites 2006-2007 "Flicka™ ©2006 Fox" on belly, came with movie poster
1360 Ben Cartwright's Buck shaded buckskin, black points, bi-colored eyes 2009-2011 Part of the BONANZA® (1959-1973) TV show series of models
(c) Janice Cox 1360 Ben Cartwright's Buck glossy shaded buckskin, black points, bi-colored eyes 2010 BreyerWest Live Show
(14 made)
301157 Lakota palomino, white mane/tail, four stockings 2017 Tractor Supply Co.
410802 Zorion & Orion, Magical Unicorn Set
With Action Stock Horse Foal
iridescent white, pinkish shading 2002

JCPenney Holiday Catalog

Horn added.

430054 Sport Horse flaxen liver chestnut, star, snip 2022 Breyer Breeds Collection
701897 Talisman or  Fairbanks
dappled bay, solid face, belly and chest lighter and redder than the body, near fore and off hind stockings 1997

United Model Distributing
(1,000 made)

First batches were incorrectly labeled "Talisman" before the error was caught and fixed

Black Beauty
With stable blanket
black 1979 Sears Holiday Catalog

Same as #89

Running Horse Family Set
With Running Foal, Running Mare
red bay, no white markings, black points 1984 Sears Holiday Catalog.

Additional models rumored to have been exported to a British dealer, but this appears to be incorrect

Black Beauty unpainted white 1980 Just About Horses VII  #3, 1980
Majestic Stallion Set
With Black Stallion
slightly semi-gloss dark dapple grey, stripe, charcoal mane/tail 1989

Sears Holiday Catalog

Same as #802

Black Beauty Test Color shaded chestnut 1991 BreyerFest Live Auction
(1 made)

With Letter of Authenticity. Model is from the Black Horse Ranch collection.

Unpainted Black Beauty unpainted white and grey ? Factory blank; appears to have been made from re-ground plastic (hence the swirls of grey)

Promotional Flier

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