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 -  Boxed 4.7 Naval Gun, No. 1264. Late 1930s version

Britains - Boxed 4.7 Naval Gun, No. 1264. Late 1930s version

Britains - Boxed 4.7 Naval Gun, No. 1264.  Late 1930s version. Complete with wooden shells. Goo..

£75.00

Britains -  Boxed Ambulance No. 1512

Britains - Boxed Ambulance No. 1512

Britains -  RARE boxed, just post WW2 square nosed version. Complete with stretcher, and driver..

£295.00

Britains -  Regulation Type - Howitzer Limber Boxed, No.1726

Britains - Regulation Type - Howitzer Limber Boxed, No.1726

Britains - Regulation Type - Howitzer Limber Boxed, No.1726. Just pre WW2 version.  Good comple..

£40.00

Britains - Boxed set 2172 Algerian Spahis. VGC

Britains - Boxed set 2172 Algerian Spahis. VGC

Britains - Boxed set 2172 Algerian Spahis.   Very good, complete and original condition.&n..

£415.00

Britains - Boxed Set 66 - 1st Bombay Lancers. Rare version.

Britains - Boxed Set 66 - 1st Bombay Lancers. Rare version.

Britains - Boxed Set - 1st Bombay Lancers.  6pcs, as there are both an officer and a bugler on ..

£275.00

Britains - No.1656 - Railton New Wonder Car

Britains - No.1656 - Railton New Wonder Car

Britains - No.1656 - Railton New Wonder Car.  Complete and in its original box, box has a small..

£225.00

Britains - No.58F - New Model Tree

Britains - No.58F - New Model Tree

Britains - No.58F - Boxed 'New Model Tree'.  Very good complete and original condition with onl..

£65.00

Britains - rare last version Boxed 1433 Army Covered Tender - Caterpillar Type, No.1433

Britains - rare last version Boxed 1433 Army Covered Tender - Caterpillar Type, No.1433

Britains - Boxed Army Covered Lorry - Caterpillar Type, No.1433. Rare last version with split screen..

£165.00

Britains 4 wheel Farm Waggon No. 5F in uncommon cream colour

Britains 4 wheel Farm Waggon No. 5F in uncommon cream colour

Britains Farm Waggon No. 5F in uncommon cream colour. Rear gate is a replacement.     ..

£125.00

Britains boxed Set No.121 - The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Britains boxed Set No.121 - The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

 Britains Set No.121 - The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment).  Boxed set, 1930s version ..

£285.00

Britains Boxed Set No.320 - Royal Army Medical Corps

Britains Boxed Set No.320 - Royal Army Medical Corps

Britains Boxed Set No.320 - Royal Army Medical Corps. Box is missing insert, lid has 1 split to side..

£285.00

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 2031 Australians marching in Battle Dress

Britains loose set 2031 Australians marching in Battle Dress

Very good original condition, matching set...

£95.00

Britains Paris Office French Zouaves 16 pieces

Britains Paris Office French Zouaves 16 pieces

Britains RARE PARIS OFFICE Zouaves, 16 pieces.  Charging European faces, square bases, oval emb..

£335.00

Charbens - Boxed Delivery Horse and Van. Post WW2 diecast

Charbens - Boxed Delivery Horse and Van. Post WW2 diecast

Charbens - Boxed Delivery Horse and Van. Post WW2 diecast.  Back doors have been replaced. ..

£115.00

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