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PostSubject: Breyer Elephant?   Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:16 am

I found what I'm 99% sure is a Breyer elephant at a thrift store today. Right plastic by feel, (not going to see if it has the right smell, it's dirty), paint job shaded like they did their models way back when, it's even greyish plastic (where it's bare on the bottoms of feet, mouth, and tusk) like I remember from my childhood. It just doesn't have the stamp on its inside thigh.
I do somewhere have another one, I don't know where it is though to compare them. This new one is right size/weight/sculpture as I remember, and from looking at pictures online. I *think* my old one has a stamp though. It also was off white resin instead of greyish. (it was a fleamarket find approx. 20 years ago)
So does anyone know if they were made without stamps? Sorry I don't have access to a camera at this time.
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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:54 am

Wow ! So Breyer made an elephant Shocked

What a fantastic thrift store find cheers

Of course you checked the net Wink
Seing it was made several times, as early as 1956 and as late as 2000, the stamps or lack of stamps may well have changed over the years scratch

But Let's se what LeeAnn can find out Wink

I look forawrd to see it when you get a camera bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:23 am

Nice catch! cheers Congratulations Applause

Great chance you've already checked [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] out, but that's the link to the elephant at Identify Your Breyer. Maybe it can help you out?

I'd love to see some photographs of your elephant(s)!

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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:11 pm

Julie has the right link there - see if he's on there! Very Happy

I'm not well versed in the other animal molds, so I don't know if these didn't have stamps. It's possibly they didn't, but it's also possible you might have a copy.

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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:43 am

That's the site I found! It just doesn't give much info- only photos, colors and years. Sad So he's still a mystery. I know I've seen known real Breyers without a stamp before, so it can happen... wish I could get home to look more for my old elephant.
I was able to borrow a camera and get this picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:06 am

What an awesome model !!!! cheers
He sure looks like the Breyer one, - and has none of the flaws that copies usually have Very Happy
He also has the most beautyful colour of all the variations !

How big is he ?


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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:57 pm

Looks like you have the earliest version Very Happy Unless the inside of the mouth is pink?

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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:47 pm

Looks like a wonderful model cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:36 am

No pink in the mouth, the spray didn't coat in there well so it's actually kind of a dingy slightly lighter than the body grey (the resin is pale greyish). I was wondering if it was a '70s model, since I remember the resin being that color sometimes when I was very small.
It looked like someone donated an elephant collection to the thrift store. Up here where my brother in law lives, it's retiree central; I think the median age in this town is listed as something like 55. So probably someone died and their heirs didn't care to keep it. Sad Other elephant pieces there looked quite old; there were several that were Japan made, of a hard (Bakelite like?) yellowish plastic. Don't think anything like that's been made for decades. Certainly this thrift store has many things dating to the '50s and '60s.
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PostSubject: Re: Breyer Elephant?   Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:08 pm

If there is anyone interested in one of these, Utterly Horses (UK Model horse store) are closing down and selling off their stock on a market nights - they have one available for sale. Here is the link to it [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Note that the Market Night won't be opened before Friday evening at a certain time. If you want to purchase it, you'll have to wait until then Wink Make sure to read the rules in the album as well. Razz
Hope that helped!

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