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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Antique German flat lead Single Horse Carriage with Gentleman and Lady travellers.

Antique German flat lead Single Horse Carriage with Gentleman and Lady travellers.

SOLD Antique German flat lead Single Horse Carriage with Gentleman and Lady travelers.  9cm lon..

£0.00

Britains - Boxed  - Anti-Aircraft Gun - set No. 1522

Britains - Boxed - Anti-Aircraft Gun - set No. 1522

Britains - Boxed  - Anti-Aircraft Gun - No. 1522.  Good complete and original condition.&n..

£130.00

Britains - boxed  Set No.15 - Princess Louise's Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders. 1915 version

Britains - boxed Set No.15 - Princess Louise's Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders. 1915 version

 Britains - Boxed  Set No.15 - Princess Louise's Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders. ..

£130.00

Britains - boxed  Set No.24 - The 9th (Queen's) Royal Lancers. 1925 version

Britains - boxed Set No.24 - The 9th (Queen's) Royal Lancers. 1925 version

SOLD  Britains - boxed  Set No.24 - The 9th (Queen's) Royal Lancers. 1925 version.  F..

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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 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 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..

£0.00

Britains King George VI as Welsh Guards Colonel in Chief 1947

Britains King George VI as Welsh Guards Colonel in Chief 1947

SOLD  Britains King George VI as Welsh Guards Colonel in Chief. Produced as Commemorative of th..

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Britains loose set 135 - Japanese Cavalry 1904 version

Britains loose set 135 - Japanese Cavalry 1904 version

Britains loose set 135 - Japanese Cavalry 1904 version. Horses dated 1902. Officer's arm replaced an..

£145.00

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 Model Home Farm - Boxed  - Four-Wheeled Lorry - No.59F

Britains Model Home Farm - Boxed - Four-Wheeled Lorry - No.59F

Britains - Boxed  - Four-Wheeled Lorry - No.59F. Model is in very good complete and original co..

£340.00

Britains prototype unreleased boxed set No. 8000  - North American Indians with Cowboys - 1988 Sales Conference Sample

Britains prototype unreleased boxed set No. 8000 - North American Indians with Cowboys - 1988 Sales Conference Sample

Britains prototype unreleased boxed set No. 8000  - North American Indians with Cowboys. 1988 S..

£165.00

Britains rare boxed 2nd grade set 12a - First Life Guards

Britains rare boxed 2nd grade set 12a - First Life Guards

Britains - Boxed  - First Life Guards - No. 12a.  Very good complete and original conditio..

£60.00

Charbens Boxed Delivery Van with Horse and Man

Charbens Boxed Delivery Van with Horse and Man

Charbens Boxed Delivery Van with Horse and Man.  Both of the doors are original Charbens diecas..

£120.00

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