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 Kings Royal Rifle Corps from set 98. 1903 version.

Britains loose Kings Royal Rifle Corps from set 98. 1903 version.

 Britains loose Kings Royal Rifle Corps from set 98. 1903 'pigeon-chested' version.  Missi..

£225.00

Britains loose set 11 Black Watch - Plug Handed 1893 version

Britains loose set 11 Black Watch - Plug Handed 1893 version

Britains loose set 11 Black Watch - Plug Handed 1893 version. All other ranks missing arms. Officer ..

£225.00

Britains loose set 2031 Australians marching in Battle Dress

Britains loose set 2031 Australians marching in Battle Dress

Very good original condition, matching set...

£95.00

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

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

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

£0.00

Charbens Boy Scouts. 4 figures

Charbens Boy Scouts. 4 figures

SOLD Charbens Boy Scouts. 4 figures. 1 repaired at knees, 1 repaired stick.  Otherwise very goo..

£0.00

Cherilea Soldier Patient on Crutches

Cherilea Soldier Patient on Crutches

Cherilea Patient on Crutches. Good , original and complete condition. Please see photographs...

£45.00

Crescent - Pre-war - Deep Sea Diver and Equipment

Crescent - Pre-war - Deep Sea Diver and Equipment

Crescent Deep Sea Diver and Equipment. Pre-war version, complete set, including tools, though part o..

£145.00

Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks

Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks

 Crescent - solid copy - Godilocks..

£24.99

Crescent - White metal copy - RARE Space Dan Dare Rocket & Launching Ramp

Crescent - White metal copy - RARE Space Dan Dare Rocket & Launching Ramp

Crescent - White metal copy - RARE Space Dan Dare Rocket & Launching Ramp, in orange.  This..

£45.00

Crescent / Hilco Soap Box Racer

Crescent / Hilco Soap Box Racer

Crescent / Hilco Soap Box Racer. Rare Crescent boy for Soap Box Racer, with a converted Racer, made ..

£125.00

Crescent Builder with hand cart, ladder and tools

Crescent Builder with hand cart, ladder and tools

Crescent Builder with hand cart, ladder and tools.  All original Crescent items. 1 small ladder..

£75.00

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

Greenwood and Ball - Naval Officer

Greenwood and Ball - Naval Officer

Greenwood and Ball - Naval Officer. Unmarked. Very good, original condition. Please see photos...

£75.00

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

Hanks Brothers - 4 Highlanders

Hanks Brothers - 4 Highlanders

Hanks Brothers - 4 Highlanders. Produced circa 1916. All figures have replaced hands with rifle and ..

£85.00

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