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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Heyde - Rhinoceros

Heyde - Rhinoceros

Heyde - Rhinoceros. Very good original condition.  Please see photos...

£135.00

Heyde ? - German solid lead Hunt Group (8 pieces)

Heyde ? - German solid lead Hunt Group (8 pieces)

Heyde ? - German - Hunt Group, 8 pieces.  The figures have some play wear and are in fair condi..

£100.00

Heyde large solid lead Hounds

Heyde large solid lead Hounds

5 Heyde Hounds. Running hounds are 7cm long. All figures are in very good original condition, please..

£125.00

John Hill & Co Johillco - Land Yacht

John Hill & Co Johillco - Land Yacht

 John Hill Co - Land Yacht. 11.3cm high.  Very good original condition with only minor wea..

£245.00

John Hill & Co Lake (253mm long)

John Hill & Co Lake (253mm long)

John Hill & Co Lake.  Good complete and original condition with only some minor paint loss...

£125.00

John Hill & Co Pre WW2 lead - Father Christmas

John Hill & Co Pre WW2 lead - Father Christmas

John Hill & Co Father Christmas. Pre ware version with white boots. The base has a piece missing..

£65.00

John Hill & Co. Johillco - Abyssinian Supply Train

John Hill & Co. Johillco - Abyssinian Supply Train

John Hill & Co. Johillco - Abyssinian Supply Train. Total of 13 pcs.  The original Hill gun..

£175.00

John Hill & Co. Johillco - Yacht

John Hill & Co. Johillco - Yacht

John Hill Co - Yacht. 10.4cm high.  1 wheel replaced and a little loose, otherwise very good, o..

£235.00

John Hill and Company - "Dorre" black and gold series souvenir - Kangaroo. VGC

John Hill and Company - "Dorre" black and gold series souvenir - Kangaroo. VGC

 John Hill and Company - "Dorre" black and gold series souvenir - Kangaroo.  In very good,..

£40.00

John Hill and Company - "Dorre" black and gold series souvenir - Panda VGC

John Hill and Company - "Dorre" black and gold series souvenir - Panda VGC

 John Hill and Company - "Dorre" black and gold series souvenir - Panda.  In very good, co..

£40.00

John Hill and Company - Speed Skater in light blue

John Hill and Company - Speed Skater in light blue

John Hill and Company - Speed Skater, blue.  Please review photographs for condition. Good comp..

£55.00

John Hill and Company - Speedway Rider (Blue)

John Hill and Company - Speedway Rider (Blue)

John Hill and Company - Speedway Rider (Blue). A rare figure in good, complete and original conditio..

£125.00

John Hill and Company - Speedway Rider (Red)

John Hill and Company - Speedway Rider (Red)

John Hill and Company - Speedway Rider (Red). A rare figure in good, complete and original condition..

£125.00

John Hill Co - boxed Street Gas Lamp

John Hill Co - boxed Street Gas Lamp

John Hill Co - Street Gas Lamp. Boxed and complete with Lamp, Cleaner and Ladder.  All in good,..

£125.00

Marlborough Manufacturing British camel trooper

Marlborough Manufacturing British camel trooper

Marlborough Manufacturing British camel trooper. manufactured circa WW1. Marked MMC on side.  G..

£45.00

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