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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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..

£75.00

Britains Paris Office - 1918 British Officer

Britains Paris Office - 1918 British Officer

SOLD      Britains Paris Office - 1918 British Officer. Marching. Very good original ..

£0.00

Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks

Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks

 Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks..

£24.99

Crescent Toys - Boxed Garden Tea Party

Crescent Toys - Boxed Garden Tea Party

Crescent - Boxed Garden Tea Party. Missing wire pole for umbrella, and umbrella slightly warped.&nbs..

£145.00

Crescent Toys 74mm high Fireman

Crescent Toys 74mm high Fireman

Crescent Toys 74mm high Fireman. Slight paint loss, overall good original condition..

£75.00

Danish Copies of German Heyde - British 19th Century Colonial infantry.

Danish Copies of German Heyde - British 19th Century Colonial infantry.

Made by an unknown Danish company, these are pre WW2 copies of German Heyde figures.  Very good..

£135.00

English lead Sail Boats by unknown maker. Each 124mm high to tip of mast

English lead Sail Boats by unknown maker. Each 124mm high to tip of mast

 English lead - 2 Sail Boats by unknown maker. Each 124mm high to tip of mast.  Each is ma..

£130.00

F. Kew and Co. 100mm Felix the Cat

F. Kew and Co. 100mm Felix the Cat

Pre WW2 only large Felix the Cat by F. Kew and Co. 100mm high.  Bottom half of tail has been re..

£155.00

F.G.Taylor & Sons - boxed Set No. 811 Chariot Set

F.G.Taylor & Sons - boxed Set No. 811 Chariot Set

F.G.Taylor & Sons, Boxed Set 811 - Roman Chariot. Charioteer has a small repair to whip, where i..

£145.00

F.Kew and Company - "Quenchie's N'Ice" milk shake advertisement

F.Kew and Company - "Quenchie's N'Ice" milk shake advertisement

A RARE figure.  F.Kew and Company - "Quenchie's N'Ice" milk shake advertisement. Some paint los..

£155.00

Georg Heyde - 74mm high Marching Scottish Troops, 20pcs

Georg Heyde - 74mm high Marching Scottish Troops, 20pcs

 Heyde -  20 Marching Scottish Troops. Look like Black Watch (Red hackle), but no obvious ..

£850.00

Haffner Germany - Mounted British Life Guards. 70mm figures. 9 pcs

Haffner Germany - Mounted British Life Guards. 70mm figures. 9 pcs

Haffner Germany - Mounted British Life Guards. 70mm figures.  5 replaced swords, 3 replaced tai..

£800.00

Henrichsen pre WW1 manufacture Boxed Set of Russian Infantry Flats

Henrichsen pre WW1 manufacture Boxed Set of Russian Infantry Flats

Henrichsen pre WW1 manufacture Boxed Set of Russian Infantry Flats. Figures in very good original co..

£75.00

Heyde - 25mm high Seated Arab Child Writing

Heyde - 25mm high Seated Arab Child Writing

Heyde - Seated Arab Child Writing.  The figure is in good original condition with only minor pa..

£25.00

Heyde - Cat Band. 37mm high Cats

Heyde - Cat Band. 37mm high Cats

SOLD Heyde - Cat Band. 37mm high Cats (to tips of ears).  Both instruments and drum stick repla..

£145.00

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