A Brief History of Toy Soldiers

Circa late 19th Century. Condition: good with paint loss and damage to some weapons, horse tails and legs. Condition: good to very good with paint loss, one head detached and damage to some horse’s legs. Early 30mm tin flats depicting French Cavalry. Condition: fair to good with paint loss. Some damage to horse tails, legs and rider’s weapons. One rider’s head detached. Condition: good with paint loss with some damage to horse tails, legs and weapons.

Britains Toy Soldiers

Our mm painted plastic toy soldiers cover every era from Ancient Rome to today. Classic unpainted plastic toy soldiers. Some call them ‘army men,’ some mothers threw them out, we specialize and celebrate them! Perfect for gifts!

However, those ancient treasures in terra cotta and lead usually have to be The current market for toy soldiers and other figures dates primarily back to the.

Napoleonic French soldier- 54 mm- handcast and handpainted – Battle of Waterloo. Hand cast and hand painted with superb attention to detail. Each figure is one of a kind. Great gift for collectors, wargamers, history enthusiasts and those who enjoy unique handmade gifts that can last a lifetime. Solid metal Size: 25 mm Made from lead free metal Metal soldiers were the predecessors of today’s plastic Army Men. These small toys became popular in the late ‘s and were primarily made in Germany and then later in France and England.

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Britains military and other figures, toys and models

Ebay auctions. Gunbroker auctions. Just a bit about English toy maker William Britains. A brief disclaimer Much to the contrary, it started as my notes to myself as a novice learning about these great vintage toys. I am very much a neophyte to hollowcast toy soldiers and welcome comments or additional info to put on this page!

Manufacturer of metal toy soldiers and military miniatures for most military periods and uniforms – W. Britain, William Britain, Britains.

Hocker, Proprietor. Note: The workshop is back in operation and we can now take orders for things not in stock. Although with Covid cases again rising it may prove be a brief interlude. Here follows a list of resources that may be of use to the collector making a foray into the field. This list concentrates specifically on those resources pertinent to the collector of old or new “54mm” cast metal “toy” figures as distinct from other resources that deal with “military miniatures”, “composition” and plastic figures or with larger scale “dimestore” cast metal figures.

Please email me. Also a small disclaimer: the people and companies involved in the toy soldier world are an overwhelmingly conscientious and trustworthy lot; inclusion in this list, however, does not imply any guarantee to that effect. Please research independently those with whom you are dealing before any serious money changes hands.

Update note Maintaining an accurate resource page is a substantial effort, and I have not made that effort for at least 10 years. Many of the links now lead to blank pages or, worse, to unrelated advertising, It is a testimony to the ephemeral nature of the digital world that has replaced the world of things. There is still no digital equivalent of the shoebox of artifacts toy soldiers come to mind to be discovered in an attic years hence by our descendants.

Accessory makers backdrops, vehicles, etc.

Vintage Figures

Toy soldiers have probably been around as long as the world has had armies. And they have been collected passionately for centuries. Only over the last decade, however, has an assemblage of toy soldiers become important enough to fill a museum and become subject matter for a book. There, in view of the Rock of Gibralta on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on another, are housed over 70, figures in lead and tin, the largest such collection in the world.

The palace, formerly home to the governors of Tangiers, was acquired in the ‘s as the office of Forbes Magazine’s Arabic edition, which has since ceased publication.

Meet Soldiers Online is part of the Online Connections dating network, which We also carry 54 mm metal and painted Toy Soldiers, 54 mm.

Home W. Britains Toy Soldiers. Collecting W. Britains Toy Soldiers Part I. To the more serious collector Joe Wallis’ two books, Regiments of all Nations , and Armies of the World , are definitive texts, however, both are limited to black and white imagery. There is a recent third edition of Regiments of all Nations which is completely in color, and is included in the above list.

Lead Soldiers

The toy soldier has been mass-produced for the juvenile market for over years and collecting them has become a very accessible and affordable pastime for many thousands of people worldwide. Okay some individual toy soldiers are expensive but nonetheless you can still amass a sizeable collection for a reasonable outlay. One of the greatest pleasures I get as a collector of toy soldiers is seeing other peoples collections and exchanging information or ideas with them.

It’s a great way to learn more about the toy soldier world, broaden your interest and gain inspiration. The purpose of this site is to show something of the wide diversity of toy soldiers that have been manufactured worldwide in a variety of different materials, included are book reviews and images of the toy soldier as made by the following manufacturers:.

Lead rot is the bane of toy soldiers everywhere, about as welcome in a and the insurance was duly paid but to date the figures have never been recovered.

It has even been known to eat its way through entire collections. I urge you to get a copy if you can find a back issue. Iron rusts red. Lead rusts white. White or greyish-white powder is a sure sign of lead rot. The afflicted figures will also feel rough to the touch, even where the paint is still intact. And lead rot has a distinctive smell as well.

How to invest in toy soldiers – capture big returns

Fifty years ago these rough-and-ready tin soldiers were sold from bins cheap and by the handful. Today collectors are seeking them for their bright, simple vitality. Sold mainly in the five-and-dime stores, especially the F. Woolworth chain, they came to be known as dime-store soldiers. They were simple and functional, and only rarely did the companies that produced them venture beyond the drab khaki uniform of the twentieth-century combat infantryman.

The complete guide to vintage toy soldier collecting from the experts at Warwick Found in Egyptian tombs dating back to BC, these diminutive soldiers were advances in production saw toy soldiers made from tin, lead and composite.

So just bought this in the lanes in Brighton. Military motorcyclist made by Fry probably in about , maybe later. I have quite a few of these and Fry were small but quite prolific English manufacturer around about the time of WW1. Some figures are quite hard to get but not this one or the often see machine gunners. Originally sold in boxes of I think 6. Also a khaki version was produced. With a relatively small range of figures they make a nice subject for a cameo collection. Their gentleman in Khaki is possible their best modelled figure, whereas this is rather small scale and solid which means they survive being played with very well.

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Britain’s Toy Soldiers”, point-of-sale advertising circa There were six different cards in this series, including cards for Britains Farm, Zoo, etc. Britains Limited , or William Britain was the UK’s largest producer of cast lead toys, and pioneered the hollow-casting process. The company name suffered badly from a wandering apostrophe, moving logically from W. Britain and Britain’s , to Britains’ when there was more than one “Mr.

Britain” involved, and eventually the apostrophe escaped altogether leaving the name as Britains.

By virtually all the toy soldiers in the Christmas catalogue of the Britains soldiers, lead, changing of the guard (at Buckingham Palace) set.

See my review. My contact number is: Email: andymoranttoys hotmail. I will put them aside for you to see before anybody else on the day. British army. World armies. Mounted figures. Animal and Civilian figures. Original boxed sets. Del prado. Most of the figures were made by Britains, Timpo and Johillco. Earliest Figures date from Also a selection of Britains Arab figures.

Metal Toy Soldiers