Lead

We stock a wide selection of lead figures from around the World. This section is for metal figures that were originally sold as toys when they were new.

Toy lead figures have been made for hundreds of years. During the mid 19th Century, German companies such as Johann Haffner, Georg Heyde, Krause, Noris, Spenkuch & Wollner commenced commercial volume production of solid lead, or vollplastische figures. At the same time in France, Lucotte and CBG (late CBG Mignot), were producing similar, ronde - bosse figures.

It wasn’t until 1893 that the English company, W Britains invented the hollow cast method of manufacture. This eventually came to dominate the lead figure market and led to the Britains 1/32 scale, where an average man’s height is depicted as 54 mm, becoming the de facto Worldwide standard for hollow lead figures.

Britains had many English competitors, and we stock products from all of them:


  • Benbros
  • Charbens
  • Crescent
  • John Hill & Co
  • Philip Segal
  • Pixyland
  • Kew
  • Timpo
  • Taylor & Barrett

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Britains -  Boxed 4.7 Naval Gun, No. 1264. Late 1930s version

Britains - Boxed 4.7 Naval Gun, No. 1264. Late 1930s version

Britains - Boxed 4.7 Naval Gun, No. 1264.  Late 1930s version. Complete with wooden shells. Goo..

£75.00

Britains -  Military Policeman from set 1 R.

Britains - Military Policeman from set 1 R.

Britains -  Military Policeman from set 1 R.  Casting hole / fault to front waist, otherwi..

£95.00

Britains - No.58F - New Model Tree

Britains - No.58F - New Model Tree

Britains - No.58F - Boxed 'New Model Tree'.  Very good complete and original condition with onl..

£65.00

Britains - rare last version Boxed 1433 Army Covered Tender - Caterpillar Type, No.1433

Britains - rare last version Boxed 1433 Army Covered Tender - Caterpillar Type, No.1433

Britains - Boxed Army Covered Lorry - Caterpillar Type, No.1433. Rare last version with split screen..

£165.00

Britains - Set 1R Lady Railway Passenger with umbrella (Light Blue)

Britains - Set 1R Lady Railway Passenger with umbrella (Light Blue)

Britains -  Set 1R Lady Railway Passenger with umbrella (Light Blue).  Very good complete ..

£75.00

Britains - Set 1R Lady Railway Passenger with umbrella (Navy Blue)

Britains - Set 1R Lady Railway Passenger with umbrella (Navy Blue)

Britains - Set 1R Lady Railway Passenger with umbrella (Navy Blue).  Very good complete an..

£75.00

Britains - Set 1R Man with Pipe No.1165 with Factory mistake incorrect arm

Britains - Set 1R Man with Pipe No.1165 with Factory mistake incorrect arm

Britains - Man with Pipe No.1165 with Factory mistake incorrect arm. Very good complete and ori..

£165.00

Britains 4 wheel Farm Waggon No. 5F in uncommon cream colour

Britains 4 wheel Farm Waggon No. 5F in uncommon cream colour

Britains Farm Waggon No. 5F in uncommon cream colour. Rear gate is a replacement.     ..

£125.00

Britains boxed set 39a Royal Artillery - Active Service Dress 1920s version

Britains boxed set 39a Royal Artillery - Active Service Dress 1920s version

SOLD   Britains boxed set 39a Royal Artillery - Active Service Dress 1920s version. Replac..

£325.00

Britains Boxed Set No.320 - Royal Army Medical Corps

Britains Boxed Set No.320 - Royal Army Medical Corps

Britains Boxed Set No.320 - Royal Army Medical Corps. Box is missing insert, lid has 1 split to side..

£285.00

Britains Garden Ornaments - Red Breasted Finch Feeding

Britains Garden Ornaments - Red Breasted Finch Feeding

Britains Garden Ornaments - Large Scale - Red Breasted Finch Feeding. Very good original condition w..

£125.00

Britains Garden Ornaments - Red Breasted Finch Standing

Britains Garden Ornaments - Red Breasted Finch Standing

Britains Garden Ornaments - Large Scale - Red Breasted Finch Standing. Has a small dent to it's head..

£95.00

Britains Large (12.2cm high) Garden Gnome Seated playing a Fiddle

Britains Large (12.2cm high) Garden Gnome Seated playing a Fiddle

 Britains Large (12.2cm high) Garden Gnome Seated playing a Fiddle. Largest size of Britains Gn..

£58.00

Britains Large (13.3cm high) Garden Gnome Standing with Flower Pot

Britains Large (13.3cm high) Garden Gnome Standing with Flower Pot

Britains Large (13.3cm high) Garden Gnome Standing with Flower Pot. Largest Gnome made by Britains.&..

£58.00

Britains Large (13cm long) Garden Gnome Lying

Britains Large (13cm long) Garden Gnome Lying

Britains Large (13cm long) Garden Gnome Lying. One of the largest Britains Gnomes.  Slightly pl..

£58.00

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