Southern California used to be a very, very horsey place. So when I can, and when it's safe, I attend yard sales and estate sales that offer items related to that slice of equine history.
This morning my face mask and I visited an indoor/outdoor estate sale that offered several items designed by the eminent equine historian, researcher, author, and artist Gladys Brown Edwards. I wasn't able to find any evidence that the people who had owned the items ever met Gladys; that's not surprising, though, because the items at the sale were mass-produced for horse lovers.
(If you're not familiar with Gladys, I will share a link to more information on her at the bottom of this post.)
Of the GBE items at the sale, I came home with a handsome metal horse figurine with detailed Western tack. It appears in Carolyn Martin's book Gladys Brown Edwards' Equine Works in Metal (link at the bottom of the post).
A friend of mine also stopped by the sale, and she picked up a pair of the Thoroughbred bookends Gladys designed. (Here's an example of one.)
The most interesting piece at the sale was one that I don't have the space, or budget, or even a reason to want to own. It was the life-size fiberglass Quarter Horse that Gladys designed for Prewitt's. The earliest examples of this date to the early 1960s.
Here is information on Carolyn Martin's excellent books on metal horses, including the GBE book.
And here is a link to the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library's collection of the Cecil and Gladys Brown Edwards papers: