|Melissa's pony, side view|
I have a very large Steiff horse on wheels that is tagged in the ear with a yellow tag with the number 1356 C or it could be 1358 C. The last number is hard to read. On his leg is a tag that says U.S. Zone.
He is very big, about 27" to the shoulder or about 34" to the top of his head. He is made of gold mohair with a blond mane and tail. The wheels are blue. He wears an elaborate wooden saddle.
The lady I purchased him from had lots of gorgeous dolls and animals that were purchased for her and her sister in the 1950's. I have not been able to track down such a large horse. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
|Original Steiff Reit Pony, photo from Gunter Pfeiffer|
|Melissa's pony, front view|
So, care to bet on the results of this horse race? It is Steiffgal's best educated guess that Melissa's pony is a caramel version of Steiff's standard line Reit Pony from around 1950. It is quite clear that this example was made in the 1950 through 1953 time zone, if you line up his IDs and possible dates of manufacture. During this time, Steiff experimented with many themes and variations of successful products, so it would not be out of the question that they tried a caramel version of their usually brown and white, or all brown, riding pony. And what about his size, which is usually reflected in the ear tag - but not in this case? Steiff usually measures these sorts of items height-wise. So, if he truly measures 34" head to toe (wheels not included), this pretty pony is most likely the 80 cm version. It is also Steiffgal's opinion that his reins and possibly his saddle are original; but his blue stirrups, red handle, and wooden seat were not made by Steiff.
Steiffgal hopes that you have enjoyed saddling up to this great Steiff horse mystery.
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