If you have a specific project in mind, we would be delighted to hear from you. Also, the Stars were originally gold. Around the same time that commercially-produced lead toy figures arrived in the United States, home casting kits also made their way into the market from Germany. Vintage plastic figure by Herald. This is similar to how these troops would look during the invasion of Belgium.
Anton and Jane Asmuth of Milwaukee, Wisconsin acquired this set around 1930 for their three adolescent sons, Anton, Jr. Eras As you start to look around our website to find soldiers, you'll see figures available from practically every historical era in human history. Once clear coated the soldier is pried off the block with a screw driver. In 1893, the British toy company revolutionized the production of toy soldiers by devising the method of , making soldiers that were cheaper and lighter than their German counterparts. He is holding up an unusual naval service revolver, oversized. . He is carrying a somewhat non standard Navy Revolver, but otherwise his uniform and equipment are fairly standard issue.
The alloy melting temperature is 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are the five molds that came with my set. Companies such as and Lineol were well known for their figures made of glue and sawdust that included both military and civilian subjects. I chose to depict the uniform in faded colors as a sign of older issue uniforms This is the first pattern jump smock for the elite German paratrooper, or corps. This is the beginning of an occasional new series that will focus on the soldiers of the British Empire during its zenith between 1880 and the beginning of the Fist World War. Also the warm metal is easy to bend, as here shown, however, the bent flagpole is helpful when handling the soldier since it is tucked in a little and not so easy to break off, the whole figure being made of soft lead. He is assembled, primed and painted with a number of coats of oil based flat enamel, then clear coated with gloss acrylic for this, True Toy effect.
From the back you can see the blanket roll and pack, along with his tin worked canteen. The Dorset Model Soldier Company Dorset Soldiers have been producing toy style 54mm lead soldiers for collections since 1976. I did leave one mold half uncleaned when I snapped the picture below. This bugler is cast in two pieces, upper and lower, joined with epoxy glue at the belt. I used some C-clamps on the mold, put it on a baking sheet, and heated in my oven at 550 degrees for an hour to get the lead to flow as well as it did--and it still didn't completely fill the wingtips. Trains and Toy Soldiers is not biggest e-store out there, but we will match anyone's customer service.
Once the powder is evenly spread, the two halves are clapped together to knock off the excess. Ebay has thousands of toy soldiers up for auction every day. Sometimes these early toy soldiers will have a paper label with copyright information on the bottom of the base. The helmet is a trimmed down version of the standard army issue, designed to keep from catching the visor in parachute rigging. For the British, the officers and men of the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers and 10th Royal Lincolnshire Regt. The quality of plastic varies depending on the manufacturer and the vintage of the figure. And the sentiment of the public seems to be turning back to comfort with fantasy military play, as toy soldiers and accessories begin to appear in mass market venues like Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon.
Men with imaginations would create toys that children would play with for hours on end. The powder acts as a mold release, allowing the cast figure to be more readily separated from the mold when the metal cools. Back on the metal front, figures were primarily marketed to adult collectors who had been involved in the hobby for years. It was not until the mid-1960s, however, that consumers in the United States became concerned about the safety of lead toys. I trim the flash and file away any excess metal and assemble the figure as with a kit. Our huge inventory of plastic toy soldiers includes figures and accessories from just about every major company which has ever existed.
The molds are spun and the lead in the center is forced out into the mold to give a very high degree of detail and consistency. Most of our figures are cast in soft plastic, which is by far the first choice of collectors. Beginning in 1985 and still being held annually in Richmond, South London. When we at The Toy Soldier Company first went into business in 1984, no other dealers we knew of offered an order form, renewable stock from current manufacturers or illustrated catalogs! Toy soldiers are miniature figures that not only represent military men and women but also include cowboys, wild west figures, knights, pirates, vikings and many others. Nevertheless, other makers, such as the German firm, Heyde, followed, so that by the end of the 19 th century the market was established for the well-to do.
This section includes a , but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient. Our website features the most sophisticated search engine in the toy soldier hobby. Some would even say I have an addiction for miniatures. Britains produced plastic figures under the brand names of Herald and Deetail. The reverse view The base is cast in as part of the main body of the casting.
Actor had a collection of 3000 toy soldiers when he sold it in 1977. Materials There are a great many materials that have been used to make toy soldiers over the years , but we specialize in plastic and metal. I knew my brothers used to make lead toy soldiers by melting lead fishing weights and then pouring the mixture into molds that they still own today. Featuring the English Civil War The mighty struggle between King Charles I and his rebellious parliament. This figure shows an American officer in early pattern field overcoat. There are a few ways to determine age for these figures. On the larger end of the scale are American , and many of the toy soldiers produced in Germany, which are approximately 75 mm 3 inches or.