Horses and heritage on the farm: Yenke Peddler antiques

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Traveling south to Mansfield this weekend will bring you back to a bit of historical significance.

Heritage Days at Malabar Farm State Park runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission to this 18th-century living history camp includes Civil War demonstrations, crafts, antiques, and wagon rides.

Refreshments are cash only, so plan ahead – no cards will be accepted.

Malabar Farm was built in 1929 by author Louis Bromfield, who dubbed it the “Big House.” The 32-room mansion was done in the Greek Revival style. It has a festive air because in 1945, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall got married there and stayed there for their honeymoon!

Malabar Farm also introduced sustainable agriculture, which fits perfectly with our modern thinking on conservation. Indeed, Heritage Days are devoted to the recognition of the past and the construction of future ideas. This year marks the 45th celebration.

In addition to life on the farm, horses play a central role in the world of collectors. Horse miniatures are the most common, with Lladro or Breyers landing in distinctive winner circles.

The famous Kentucky Derby is known for its own niche of highly sought-after items, including the specialty glasses made every year.

Nineteenth-century horse-drawn toys include pewter and cast-iron examples. The most valuable are the original oil paintings worthy of a museum.

Hi Brenda,

I have a Goebel porcelain horse, measuring 9 by 10 inches. It has the silver paper tag that reads W. Germany. As a horse lover, it has pride of place in my cabinet of curiosities. Do they still retain their value?


Hi Lisa,

Your Goebel horse is a thoroughbred! The popular German company that also made Hummel figurines also produced remarkable animals. The equestrian theme is always popular and reliable for collectors. West Germany was a specific time period — 1949-1990 — so the value would be $85.

If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].

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