I do not sell Julips,

The ones in the photographs are my own much loved collection and they are not for sale.

Please go to the links page for a link to the Julip Company who do sell them

I am not associated with the Julip company and I don't represent them. I am an enthusiast piecing together what I can of Julip's history. My sources include old books, catalogues, and other Julip fans. If any of the following information is wrong or inaccurate I apologise.

There are two kinds of Julip, The "Horse of the Year" range (some of which can be seen here and here) which are rigid and are aimed at children and the "Originals" which are pictured here, These are the kind that have been made for decades. Julip horses have been produced in England since 1945, Julips were first designed by a lady called lavender dower. they were made from painted chamoix leather on wire frames. Many different kinds of animals were produced as well as horses.Theywere originally made and sold from the Julip shop in Beauchamp Place in knightsbridge ,London. Mr. and Mrs. Heath took over the company in 1966 and later in the 1980s the current company based Near Yeovil. The original Julip shop in Beauchamp Place London has closed . For a short while Julips were available from Traditional Toys in Godfrey st. Chelsea, but now they can only be ordered by mail order from Julip themselves or via Julip's eBay shop.

The models are made of Latex rubber over a wire armature which makes them poseable, but also finite as if kept in the wrong conditions (Too warm, too sunny) they can perish (literally). The horses and ponies are available in all manner of colour combinations. They are hand painted so no two are identical. Julip can paint models to people's specifications so that they could be made to look like a particular pony or horse. Many different breeds have been made over the years. Some have been long discontinued and are very rare. Some old favourites have been produced for years and years. There is quite often a vast difference in the size of two models made from the same mould type. I believe this is something to do with the way the plaster moulds wear after each pouring.

The most recent generations of Julips have nylon fibre manes and tails, they also have very large eyes with lots of highlights and painted lashes. Older models have mohair or fleece manes and tails, they tend to have smaller eyes that are more realistic. They also have painted on shoes. In the 70s Julips used to have letters painted inside their mouths. This acted like a kind of registration mark. The most ancient horses lack the wire armature but instead have lead piping in their legs to make them rigid (A no no today with the current toy standards.) There are not many of these very old Julips in circulation. I am fortunate enough to have been given one, you can see him here

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Rebuilding damaged Julips. 1 2 Bayard

A Julip New forest pony. This one is called Bilbo. I made his double bridle myself.

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A Julip dressage horse. This one is shown as a lusitano. His fleece mane has been braided for dressage in a running plait

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