Our clinky party pumpkins arrived yesterday.As we were admiring their sparkley goodness, it occurred to me that I now have as many glossy finish China pumpkins as I do horses. Naturally, that thought led to a photo session.
My small, purple pumpkin is paired with little Minnow.
The "duplex" pumpkin, which was started by Ryan and finished by me, goes with the mother/son combination of Amy Lou and Puck. Amy is a Royal Doulton Shetland Pony mare and Puck is a Beswick Shetland Pony foal.
My favorite pumpkin is joined by my favorite clinky. Balmoral Duncan is a Beswick Highland Pony. He was purchased for me in England by my best friend, Sarah. I don't remember the exact year, but it was sometime in the mid 1980's.
James' good pumpkin is accompanied by another long time Braymere herd member. Although Tourumbay came from a Southern California thrift shop, he was named after a pony that Sarah rode on that same trip abroad. I don't know the maker of this piece, but he's the sort of Made in Japan model that was commonly found in gift shops in the 1980's.
The biggest pumpkin and the tallest horse both have their issues. James lost interest in this pumpkin partway through the painting process. As a result, its glaze is a bit on the patchy side, and some areas are rough and matte rather than smooth and glossy. Similarly, the Beswick looks fine from a distance, but close inspection reveals two repaired legs.
The last horse and pumpkin combination brings together Ryan's jack-o-lantern and a comical, green pony that belonged to Seth's grandmother. A sticker on his croup identifies him as a souvenir from Salt City in Hutchinson, Kansas.
By hobby standards, it's a fairly humble clinky collection...
Still, I'm quite pleased with my sparkley horses and pumpkins!