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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Benbros - VERY RARE - 1954 Girl riding a shire-horse being led by a farmhand.

Benbros - VERY RARE - 1954 Girl riding a shire-horse being led by a farmhand.

Benbros - VERY RARE - 1954 Girl riding a shire-horse being led by a farmhand, please note that the f..

£195.00

Britains - Rare Chauffeur with lamp

Britains - Rare Chauffeur with lamp

Britains - Rare Chauffeur with lamp.   No. 890B.  The figure is Play worn but complete and..

£95.00

Britains - Rare post war - #1R Railway Porter (Pushing)

Britains - Rare post war - #1R Railway Porter (Pushing)

Britains - Rare post war - Railway Porter for pushing trolley, adapted from the pre-war porter no.80..

£45.00

Britains boxed Set 9192 Knights of Agincourt

Britains boxed Set 9192 Knights of Agincourt

Britains boxed Set 9192 Knights of Agincourt. post WW2 set in original cellophane fronted box.  ..

£125.00

Britains Mechanical Procession Infantry on slat

Britains Mechanical Procession Infantry on slat

Britains Mechanical Procession Infantry on slat, 7 ORs and Officer.  Parachute Regiment, we thi..

£385.00

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 Set 83 Middlesex Yeomanry, rare version with swords instead of carbines

Britains pre WW2 Set 83 Middlesex Yeomanry, rare version with swords instead of carbines

Britains pre WW2 Set 83 Middlesex Yeomanry, rare version with swords instead of carbines.  All ..

£245.00

Britains prototype figure standing Royal Tank Corps trooper

Britains prototype figure standing Royal Tank Corps trooper

Prototype figure made by Britains using the body of a pilot wearing a Sidcot suit with the head of t..

£195.00

Charbens - Set No.205 - Musical Trio with original box

Charbens - Set No.205 - Musical Trio with original box

Charbens - Musical Trio with original box.  Please see photos. The pianist's left hand is missi..

£325.00

Cherilea lead Ballet Dancer

Cherilea lead Ballet Dancer

Cherilea lead kneeling Ballet Dancer.  Complete original condition, with only minor play wear. ..

£58.00

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight - Sieur De Crevent

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight - Sieur De Crevent

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight - Sieur De Crevent.  The figure is in good,  and original ..

£175.00

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight - Tomas De Spencer, Bishop of Norwich

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight - Tomas De Spencer, Bishop of Norwich

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight - Tomas De Spencer, Bishop of Norwich  The figure is in go..

£175.00

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight with Lance

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight with Lance

Courtenay Ping - Mounted Knight with LanceThe figure is in good, complete and original condition. On..

£175.00

Courtenay Ping - Standing Knight - Sieur de Chargny

Courtenay Ping - Standing Knight - Sieur de Chargny

Courtenay Ping - Standing Knight - Sieur de ChargnyThe figure is in good, and original condition. &n..

£110.00

Hilco 110 mm high Royal National Lifeboat Institute Lifeboatman

Hilco 110 mm high Royal National Lifeboat Institute Lifeboatman

Rare piece, in an almost prototype unpainted version, there is some residue in the deeper folds of t..

£145.00

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