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 -  Boxed Ambulance No. 1512

Britains - Boxed Ambulance No. 1512

Britains -  RARE boxed, just post WW2 square nosed version. Complete with stretcher, and driver..

£295.00

Britains -  Boxed Army Covered Lorry - Caterpillar Type, No.1433

Britains - Boxed Army Covered Lorry - Caterpillar Type, No.1433

Britains - Boxed Army Covered Lorry - Caterpillar Type, No.1433  Just post WW2 version. Good co..

£125.00

Britains -  No.562 - Golfer, Pre-War Issue (Brown)

Britains - No.562 - Golfer, Pre-War Issue (Brown)

SOLD    Britains -  No.562 - Golfer, Pre-War Issue, complete with golf bag  Good..

£0.00

Britains -  No.562 - Golfer, Pre-War Issue (Grey)

Britains - No.562 - Golfer, Pre-War Issue (Grey)

SOLD  Britains -  No.562 - Golfer, Pre-War Issue, complete with golf bag  Good comple..

£0.00

Britains -  Regulation Type - Howitzer Limber Boxed, No.1726

Britains - Regulation Type - Howitzer Limber Boxed, No.1726

Britains - Regulation Type - Howitzer Limber Boxed, No.1726. Just pre WW2 version.  Good comple..

£40.00

Britains - boxed set 33 The 16th Lancers 1895 version

Britains - boxed set 33 The 16th Lancers 1895 version

SOLD     Britains - boxed set 33 The 16th Lancers 1895 version. Box and figures in ve..

£0.00

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 1903 uncatalogued 'Penny Toy' hollow lead Horse

Britains 1903 uncatalogued 'Penny Toy' hollow lead Horse

SOLD Britains 1903 uncatalogued 'Penny Toy' hollow lead Horse. Dated 18.8.1903. Very good original c..

£0.00

Britains boxed Set No.121 - The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Britains boxed Set No.121 - The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

 Britains Set No.121 - The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment).  Boxed set, 1930s version ..

£285.00

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 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..

£225.00

Britains loose set 2031 Australians marching in Battle Dress

Britains loose set 2031 Australians marching in Battle Dress

Very good original condition, matching set...

£95.00

Britains Paris Office French Zouaves 16 pieces

Britains Paris Office French Zouaves 16 pieces

Britains RARE PARIS OFFICE Zouaves, 16 pieces.  Charging European faces, square bases, oval emb..

£335.00

BRITAINS rare Paris Office French Infanterie a Grande Tenue. 5 figures

BRITAINS rare Paris Office French Infanterie a Grande Tenue. 5 figures

SOLD   BRITAINS rare Paris Office French Infanterie a Grande Tenue.  5 figures. Cap b..

£0.00

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