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Footnotes: On Special Orders

Up until the 1980s there were no catalogue models; everything was a Special or a Spare. When an order was placed you gave three colour choices (or you could opt for a luck of the draw model) from the basic colours offered, or, for an additional price you could request specific markings and submit reference pictures.


Special Order Vintage Donkey

In the late 1960s, the special model price covered specific leg and facial markings, non-standard body colours, dapples, and portraits. Additional "special" categories were added in the late 1970s: in 1977 there were "basic" specials (hair, body colour, markings) and the more expensive "portrait" specials - these were renamed "semi-portraits" in 1978. A letter S combined with a second letter is thought to indicate the model was one of these special orders.


Dartmoor with a customized dropped head

The special order process has remained basically the same in current times, only more streamlined. Now called Custom Models by the Julip Originals website, orders fall into one of two categories: Portrait or Special. Though the price is the same for both, Portrait orders are based off of photographs while Specials rely simply on a text description. Collectors generally do not specify order method and merely refer to both as Special Orders

Prices begin with the mold base-price (what it would cost as a Spare) with a small surcharge for a custom order. Customizations such as wired necks, additional sculpting, or in the case of some of the foal moulds, replacing the solid mane with hair, incur an additional minimal charge.