Morestone 'Kansas to Texas' Stage Coach
Variation 3: red, yellow pmw, dark-brown horses
Variation 1: green, black pmw, white horses
Variation 2: red (with white horses)
Issued 1950-51 Length 170mm
The Kansas to Texas Stage was the third stage coach which Morestone issued. It was an all-metal model including the horses and driver. As with earlier versions of stage coaches, it was cast in two halves and in this case the shaft and front axle fitted onto the coach by a central pivot so that the front wheels and horses could turn from side to side.
The model was manufactured by F.W.Birch & Co. who had made the earlier models and there were similarities but this time 'Wells Fargo' was left off and no identification was added to the models. The hollow-cast horses were held in place with pegs on the shaft and the little driver with a peg on the right side of the seat.
Like other Morestone Series toys at this time, the Stage Coach was issued in bright colours in this case green and red, usually with black wheels but there was a red variation with yellow wheels. The two horses on each model were the same colour, white on early models, then later dark-brown, all without trim. The driver was also dark brown with matching hat and wearing a blue scarf. His face was given skin-colour trim.
The Kansas to Texas Stage Coach was sold in a printed end-flap box which had a red drawing of a stage coach on two sides alongside blue lettering stating 'Kansas to Texas Stage Coach' and a drawing of a cactus plant. On the other sides 'Complete with Two Horses and Driver Morestone Series' was printed. The end-flaps were blank.
Because there was no identification on the Kansas Stage Coach, examples are sometimes hard to track down but the models were well made and can still be found in good condition.
Variation 1: Green, Black wheels, White horses
Morestone Kansas to Texas Stage Coach
v1 GREEN with BLACK WHEELS WHITE horses brown driver Morestone Series box
v2 RED with BLACK WHEELS WHITE or BROWN horses brown driver Morestone Series box
v3 RED with YELLOW WHEELS BROWN horses brown driver Morestone Series box
Variation 2: Red, Black wheels, with white horses
Variation 2 with dark-brown horses
Variation 3: Red with yellow wheels and dark-brown horses