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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Blenheim Salvation Army Band - 18pcs, very good condition

Blenheim Salvation Army Band - 18pcs, very good condition

SOLD Blenheim Salvation Army Band - 18pcs, very good condition. ..

£0.00

Britains - loose set 1426 The St John Ambulance Brigade

Britains - loose set 1426 The St John Ambulance Brigade

SOLD Britains - loose set 1426 The St John Ambulance Brigade.  Matt painted version.  Very..

£0.00

Britains - Original Wooden Pontoon and Bridge from set 203

Britains - Original Wooden Pontoon and Bridge from set 203

Britains - Original Wooden Pontoon and Bridge from set 203. 1930s version. There is a crack in the p..

£75.00

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 2048 -  Boxed Clockwork Set. Beetle Lorry, Clockwork Limber and 25pdr.

Britains - Set 2048 - Boxed Clockwork Set. Beetle Lorry, Clockwork Limber and 25pdr.

SOLD Britains - Set 2048 -  Boxed Clockwork Set.  Beetle Lorry, Clockwork Limber and 25pdr..

£0.00

Britains 1932 Christmas Novelty - very rare plaster Robins on Log with Nest of Eggs

Britains 1932 Christmas Novelty - very rare plaster Robins on Log with Nest of Eggs

Britains Christmas Novelty 1932 - Robins on Log with Nest of Eggs. The figures are of a plaster comp..

£55.00

Britains boxed Set 117 -  Egyptian Infantry. Pre WW1 version.

Britains boxed Set 117 - Egyptian Infantry. Pre WW1 version.

Britains boxed Set 117 -  Egyptian Infantry.  Pre WW1 version, figures dated 1901. Good co..

£195.00

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 City Imperial Volunteers  5 pcs, from Set 104

Britains City Imperial Volunteers 5 pcs, from Set 104

SOLD Britains Set 104 - City Imperial Volunteers.  1st version, circa 1900. 1 not quite matchin..

£0.00

Britains Grenadier Guards from set 34. Oval base, pre WW1 version. 19cs

Britains Grenadier Guards from set 34. Oval base, pre WW1 version. 19cs

SOLD Britains Grenadier Guards from set 34. Oval base, unmarked pre WW1 version. 19cs including both..

£200.00

Britains Mickey Mouse / Disney Model Series - Goofy

Britains Mickey Mouse / Disney Model Series - Goofy

Britains Mickey Mouse / Disney Model Series - Goofy.  Made pre WW2 only. Very good original con..

£335.00

Britains plastic 'Deetail' Stargards KP Galactic Battle Force - Very rare Promotional set

Britains plastic 'Deetail' Stargards KP Galactic Battle Force - Very rare Promotional set

SOLD  Britains plastic 'Deetail' Stargards KP Galactic Battle Force - Very rare Promotional set..

£0.00

Britains pre WW2 large lead Newt

Britains pre WW2 large lead Newt

SOLD Britains Newt.  Catalogue No. 485B. Made pre WW2 only. 137mm long. In very good original c..

£135.00

Britains very rare last version 59F Four-Wheeled Lorry with Driver in duck & egg picture box.

Britains very rare last version 59F Four-Wheeled Lorry with Driver in duck & egg picture box.

SOLD Britains very rare last version 59F Four-Wheeled Lorry with Driver. In brown with blue driver. ..

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Charbens - Circus Acrobat Balancing on Chair

Charbens - Circus Acrobat Balancing on Chair

Charbens - Circus Acrobat Balancing on Chair.  Very good original condition with correct chair...

£65.00

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