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) 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

Britains -  Lambeth Walk Dancing Couple Green / Yellow

Britains - Lambeth Walk Dancing Couple Green / Yellow

Britains -  Lambeth Walk Dancing Couple, in green and yellow. Said to be inspired by the London..

£325.00

Britains - RARE - St Johns Ambulance Stretcher Bearer set

Britains - RARE - St Johns Ambulance Stretcher Bearer set

Britains - RARE - St Johns Ambulance Stretcher Bearers with stretcher and civilian patient. Part of ..

£110.00

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 1395 The Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Britains boxed set 1395 The Kings Own Scottish Borderers

 Britains boxed set 1395 The Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Made only 1935 - 1941.  Figures..

£245.00

Britains boxed set 197 Ghurka Rifles

Britains boxed set 197 Ghurka Rifles

Britains boxed set 197 Ghurka Rifles. Post WW2 set in ROAN box.  Figures in very good original ..

£85.00

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. 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

SOLD    Britains - Boxed Set No.240 -  Royal Air Force.  1928 version.  Fig..

£0.00

Britains Boy Scout Signallers, boxed set No. 163

Britains Boy Scout Signallers, boxed set No. 163

Britains Boxed Set No. 163.  Boy Scout Signallers.  Post WW2 version. All tied into origin..

£295.00

Britains Horse and Jockey from Britains 1893 Mechanical Horse Race Toy

Britains Horse and Jockey from Britains 1893 Mechanical Horse Race Toy

Britains Horse and Jockey as found on the 1893 Two and Four Horse Race toys.  Good condition wi..

£75.00

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 boxed set No. 1235 - Huntsman and Hound (Master)

Britains pre WW2 boxed set No. 1235 - Huntsman and Hound (Master)

Britains - Huntsman and Hound (Master) Boxed No. 1235. Figures are in very good original condition w..

£165.00

Britains set 32 The 2nd Dragoons, Royal Scots Greys 1895

Britains set 32 The 2nd Dragoons, Royal Scots Greys 1895

 Britains loose set 32 The 2nd Dragoons, Royal Scots Greys 1895. Complete matching set, though ..

£335.00

Charbens - Musical Trio - spare Cellist

Charbens - Musical Trio - spare Cellist

Charbens - Musical Trio - spare Cellist.  Good condition with only minor wear and paint loss.&n..

£46.00

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