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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4 antique British made large (83mm) 'Penny Toy' hollow lead British Soldiers.

4 antique British made large (83mm) 'Penny Toy' hollow lead British Soldiers.

4 antique British made large (83mm)  'Penny Toy' hollow lead British Soldiers. Unmarked.&n..

£75.00

4 antique British made large (83mm) hollow lead British Soldiers

4 antique British made large (83mm) hollow lead British Soldiers

4 antique British made large (83mm) hollow lead British Soldiers. Unmarked.  Made of very thin ..

£75.00

Authenticast boxed set German Air Force Officers, Boxed Set

Authenticast boxed set German Air Force Officers, Boxed Set

 Authenticast German Air Force Officers, Boxed Set , complete 7 figures.  One figure has l..

£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 138 French Cuirassiers - post WW2 set

Britains boxed set 138 French Cuirassiers - post WW2 set

Britains boxed set 138 French Cuirassiers - post WW2 set of 5 figures.  1 trooper missing blade..

£125.00

Britains boxed set 190 Belgium Cavalry. Post WW2 version

Britains boxed set 190 Belgium Cavalry. Post WW2 version

 Britains boxed Set 190 Belgium Cavalry,  5 figures.  Unstrung. Figures are all ..

£145.00

Britains boxed set 47,  Skinner's Horse in Armies of the World box

Britains boxed set 47, Skinner's Horse in Armies of the World box

Britains boxed set 47,  Skinner's Horse - set of 5 figures.  Post WW2 version, in Armies o..

£110.00

Britains boxed set No. 117 Egyptian Infantry. 1907 version.

Britains boxed set No. 117 Egyptian Infantry. 1907 version.

Britains boxed set No. 117 Egyptian Infantry. 8 figures, all dated 1901 with square bases. Figures a..

£250.00

Britains boxed set No. 124 Irish Guards (Firing:Lying)

Britains boxed set No. 124 Irish Guards (Firing:Lying)

Britains - Boxed Set No.124 -  Irish Guards (Firing:Lying).  1920s feet together version.&..

£175.00

Britains boxed set No. 191 Turcos

Britains boxed set No. 191 Turcos

Britains boxed set No. 191 Turcos, (Tirailleurs Algeriens). 8 figures.  Probably early 1920s ve..

£265.00

Britains boxed set No. 240 Royal Air Force

Britains boxed set No. 240 Royal Air Force

Britains - Boxed Set No.240 -  Royal Air Force.  1928 version.  Figures are in near m..

£195.00

Britains boxed set No. 46 10th Bengal Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's)

Britains boxed set No. 46 10th Bengal Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's)

Britains boxed set No. 46 10th Bengal Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's). 1896 version. Set of 5 figures ..

£325.00

Britains boxed set No. 47 First Bengal Cavalry 1896 version

Britains boxed set No. 47 First Bengal Cavalry 1896 version

Britains boxed set No. 47 First Bengal Cavalry. Set of 5 figures.  Figures are all in very good..

£310.00

Britains Boy on Shetland Pony in Hunting pinks

Britains Boy on Shetland Pony in Hunting pinks

 Britains Boy on Shetland Pony in Hunting Scarlet Jacket. No. 600. The figure is in good condit..

£35.00

Britains Hunt Standing Hounds. 4 pcs

Britains Hunt Standing Hounds. 4 pcs

Britains Hunt Standing Hounds.  Pre WW2 versions. Issue No.s 211 and 212.  All figures are..

£35.00

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