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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4 antique British made large (83mm) hollow lead British Soldiers

4 antique British made large (83mm) hollow lead British Soldiers

4 antique British made large (83mm) hollow lead British Soldiers. Unmarked.  Made of very thin ..

£75.00

Britains -  Lambeth Walk Dancing Couple Green / Yellow

Britains - Lambeth Walk Dancing Couple Green / Yellow

Britains -  Lambeth Walk Dancing Couple, in green and yellow. Said to be inspired by the London..

£325.00

Britains 21st Lancers from set 94. 6 Troopers. 1898 - 1900 version

Britains 21st Lancers from set 94. 6 Troopers. 1898 - 1900 version

Britains 21st Lancers from set 94. 6 Troopers. 1898 - 1900 rocking horse version.  No officer o..

£275.00

Britains boxed Set No. 212 The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)

Britains boxed Set No. 212 The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)

Britains Set No. 212 The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)   Boxed set,  2 hackles mis..

£145.00

Britains boxed Set No. 33 - The 16th/5th Lancers

Britains boxed Set No. 33 - The 16th/5th Lancers

 Britains Set No. 33 - The 16th/5th Lancers.   1933 - 38 version. Boxed set complete ..

£165.00

Britains boxed Set No.115 - The Egyptian Cavalry. 1925 version

Britains boxed Set No.115 - The Egyptian Cavalry. 1925 version

Britains Set No.115 - The Egyptian Cavalry.  Boxed set complete of 5 figures, including the off..

£135.00

Britains boxed Set No.154 - Prussian Infantry of the Line. 1935 version

Britains boxed Set No.154 - Prussian Infantry of the Line. 1935 version

Britains Set No.154 - Prussian Infantry of the Line. 1935 version.  Complete boxed set of 8 fig..

£175.00

Britains Boy Scout Signallers, boxed set No. 163

Britains Boy Scout Signallers, boxed set No. 163

Britains Boxed Set No. 163.  Boy Scout Signallers.  Post WW2 version. All tied into origin..

£295.00

Britains loose 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queens Bays) from Set No. 44

Britains loose 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queens Bays) from Set No. 44

Britains loose 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queens Bays) from Set No. 44. With an incorrect ROAN box.&nbs..

£115.00

Britains loose Kings Royal Rifle Corps from set 98. 1903 version.

Britains loose Kings Royal Rifle Corps from set 98. 1903 version.

 Britains loose Kings Royal Rifle Corps from set 98. 1903 'pigeon-chested' version.  Missi..

£240.00

Britains loose set 11 Black Watch - Plug Handed 1893 version

Britains loose set 11 Black Watch - Plug Handed 1893 version

Britains loose set 11 Black Watch - Plug Handed 1893 version. All other ranks missing arms. Officer ..

£225.00

Britains Policeman in peaked cap

Britains Policeman in peaked cap

Britains Policeman in peaked cap. Catalogue #659VGC, complete condition.Price includes Worldwide Del..

£35.00

Britains pre WW2 boxed set No. 1235 - Huntsman and Hound (Master)

Britains pre WW2 boxed set No. 1235 - Huntsman and Hound (Master)

Britains - Huntsman and Hound (Master) Boxed No. 1235. Figures are in very good original condition w..

£165.00

Charbens - RARE lead Bridge. 24.5cm long

Charbens - RARE lead Bridge. 24.5cm long

Charbens - RARE lead Bridge. Has some retouching, to red areas, inside of green 'railings' and a lit..

£95.00

Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks

Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks

 Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks..

£24.99

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