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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Azrak Hamway International Japan - Rare boxed set of metal copies of Britains Herald American Civil War figures.

Azrak Hamway International Japan - Rare boxed set of metal copies of Britains Herald American Civil War figures.

Azrak Hamway International Japan - Rare 8pce boxed set of metal copies of Britains Herald American C..

£175.00

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

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

£0.00

Britains - Boxed Set No.7 The Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment

Britains - Boxed Set No.7 The Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment

Britains - Boxed Set No.7 The Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment.  Early 1920s version, un..

£145.00

Britains B size antique Penny Toy - Mounted Edward VII

Britains B size antique Penny Toy - Mounted Edward VII

Britains B size antique Penny Toy - Mounted Edward VII.  57mm high to tip of hat. The figure is..

£75.00

Britains boxed Set 206 -  Warwickshire Regiment (Salute). 1937 version.

Britains boxed Set 206 - Warwickshire Regiment (Salute). 1937 version.

SOLD   Britains - Set 206 -  Warwickshire Regiment (Salute).  1937 version, 6 fi..

£0.00

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 ..

£0.00

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..

£0.00

Britains boxed Set No.128 - 12th Royal Lancers

Britains boxed Set No.128 - 12th Royal Lancers

SOLD Britains boxed Set No.128 - 12th Royal Lancers.  First version, but it didn't really chang..

£130.00

Britains boxed Set No.189 - Belgian Infantry

Britains boxed Set No.189 - Belgian Infantry

Britains boxed Set No.189 - Belgian Infantry.  1915 version. 5 replaced bayonets. Otherwise all..

£100.00

Britains boxed Set No.203 - Pontoon Section - Royal Engineers

Britains boxed Set No.203 - Pontoon Section - Royal Engineers

Britains boxed Set No.203 - Pontoon Section - Royal Engineers.  2nd - undated - version. 1 helm..

£180.00

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 Circus Clown on Stilts (Green and Yellow)

Britains Circus Clown on Stilts (Green and Yellow)

Britains Clown on Stilts (Green and Yellow).  Very good original condition with only minor pain..

£30.00

Britains Circus Clown on Stilts (Red and Blue)

Britains Circus Clown on Stilts (Red and Blue)

SOLD Britains Clown on Stilts (Red and Blue).  Very good original condition with only minor pai..

£0.00

Britains loose Set 30 Drums & Bugles of the Line. 1922 version

Britains loose Set 30 Drums & Bugles of the Line. 1922 version

Britains loose Set 30 Drums & Bugles of the Line. 1922 version. Not completely matching, but ver..

£0.00

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

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