Tennessee Walking Horse, Cherry Woodcut (Sale supports Harvest Hills Animal Shelter)
Making sculptures look like wood carvings was very popular in mid-Century America. Several manufacturers did this, including Hartland, who offered three different "stains" (colors) on their woodcut models. They even went a step further, by having the sculptor engrave the actual metal molds with wood texture and graining (no small feat, considering he was working on a negative, concave surface!) This is the cherry version of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Dark wood stain/paint was applied to a deep maroon colored plastic model, resulting in a lovely model that really does resemble a horse carved from cherry. He was only made in 1964-1965.
He is Excellent to Near Mint with tiny light rubs on his high points on the right side (he leans that way, so he surely earned them), and a few pinpoint grey specks here and there. He displays beautifully with a smooth coat color and just subtle shading. He even still wears his felt hoof pads! Since he does lean and can be tippy, we recommend Museum Putty to keep him safely upright.
This model was donated to our charity account for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, and proceeds from its sale will help the shelter care for dogs and kitties in need. Thanks for your support!
Size: 9" Series (Hartland designation; not actual height)
Hartland Model #887C