Issued 1953 Length 140mm
Seasonal toys have a reliable market every year. Morestone first produced the Christmas Sleigh in 1953 and re-issued it for many years in various designs and colour combinations.
The sleigh, shafts, reindeer and Father Christmas figure were all different castings and held together rather loosely so maybe this was a toy as much for display as for play. The sleigh, including the runners, was cast in one piece. Some versions had a bell motif on each side but this appears to have either been dropped at some stage or maybe Morestone had two versions of the sleigh made by different makers.
On the front of the sleigh was a hole into which the shaft slotted. This connected to the hollow-cast reindeer with little lugs on each side. In the sleigh sat Father Christmas, looking a bit serious!
Morestone used varoius colour combinations for the Christmas Sleigh. The sleigh itself could be turquoise or blue or greenish-blue or yellow, and the reindeer pale brown, mid brown or a very dark brown. Neither the sleigh nor the reindeer were painted underneath, and the shafts were always unpainted. Father Christmas was traditional red with white trim for his beard and fluffy coat edges.
The Father Christmas Reindeer Sleigh was sold in a colourful end-flap Morestone Series box with seasonal illustrations on all four sides.
It was a nice little model which still appears regularly at auctions in the lead-up to Christmas although the box is less common.
In recent years versions of the sleigh have appeared painted in various colours including cream and red. These are attractive seasonal ornaments but they are not original Morestone products.
YELLOW sleigh with bell motif on sides BROWN reindeer unpainted shafts RED Santa Morestone box
BLUE sleigh with bell motif on sides BROWN reindeer unpainted shafts RED Santa Morestone box
TURQUOISE sleigh without motif BROWN reindeer unpainted shafts RED Santa Morestone box
BLUE-GREEN sleigh without motif BROWN reindeer unpainted shafts RED Santa Morestone box