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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Antonini  - 3 Italian Soldiers

Antonini - 3 Italian Soldiers

Antonini  - 3 Italian Soldiers.  A group of 3 figures including an officer.   Th..

£125.00

Antonini  - Italian Alpini Soldiers

Antonini - Italian Alpini Soldiers

Antonini  - Italian Alpini Soldiers.  A group of 3 figures.   One figure has los..

£125.00

Antonini  - Italian Sailors

Antonini - Italian Sailors

Antonini  - Italian Sailors.  A group of 3 figures.   One figure has lost the ti..

£85.00

Britains - 19320s Set No.205 - Coldstream Guards (Salute)

Britains - 19320s Set No.205 - Coldstream Guards (Salute)

 Britains - Boxed Set No.205 - Coldstream Guards (Salute).   Figures are in near mint..

£295.00

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 - Salvation Army Band 16pcs

Britains - Salvation Army Band 16pcs

Sold. . Britains - Salvation Army Band.  Figures are in very good, original condition with only..

£1,250.00

Britains Circus - Boxing Clown and Kangaroo

Britains Circus - Boxing Clown and Kangaroo

Britains Circus series - Boxing Clown and Kangaroo. The figures are near mint and in complete origin..

£65.00

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..

£175.00

Britains prototype figure standing Royal Tank Corps trooper on half base

Britains prototype figure standing Royal Tank Corps trooper on half base

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

£175.00

Charbens - Circus Parrot on Stand

Charbens - Circus Parrot on Stand

  Charbens - Circus Parrot on Stand in very good original condition.   ..

£45.00

Charbens - Girl Hiker from the Hikers Camp Set

Charbens - Girl Hiker from the Hikers Camp Set

Charbens - Girl Hiker from the Hikers Camp Set.   Very Good original and complete conditio..

£75.00

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