My all-time favourite make of model horses is JULIP. I have over 200 in my collection, dating from the 1950s to present day. Julips is one of the UK's oldest model horse manufacturer. The company was started in 1945 by sculpress Lavender Dower and has changed hands only a few times in its illustrious history.
Very early models were made from chamois leather with lead wire inside. Soon after, Julip created model horses using latex - they are still made this way today - and a whole host of accessories were made to compliment them, from riders and tack to stables and rats!
In the 1990s, Julip made models from plastic, these became their "Horse of the Year" range. These are made today and are aimed at younger collectors. The latex models are still available to order and are still very popular.
I'll be introducing more of my Julips at a later date!