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Grenadier Guards

Toy Soldier Set
ca. 1900 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Britains, the manufacturers began making toy soldiers in 1883 and are credited with having invented the hollow casting process for manufacturing them. Hollow casting in relation to toy soldiers was totally revolutionary and gave the Britain family the sort of competitive edge it had been seeking. Imports from Germany dominated the toy soldier market but after an understandably slow beginning, the problem soon became how to produce enough models to satisfy the demand - a new experience for the company, since it had previously traded in a small way.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Toy Soldiers
  • Boxes (Containers)
Brief Description
Boxed set of eight lead toy soldiers, Grenadier Guards, made in England by Britains in about 1900
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Patricia Brown
Object history
On the box lid someone has hand written 'Naval Brigade' and tried to cross out Grenadier Guards, but Naval uniform is blue and white in Britains toy soldiers.
Summary
Britains, the manufacturers began making toy soldiers in 1883 and are credited with having invented the hollow casting process for manufacturing them. Hollow casting in relation to toy soldiers was totally revolutionary and gave the Britain family the sort of competitive edge it had been seeking. Imports from Germany dominated the toy soldier market but after an understandably slow beginning, the problem soon became how to produce enough models to satisfy the demand - a new experience for the company, since it had previously traded in a small way.
Collection
Accession Number
B.115:1, 2-2009

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record createdApril 20, 2010
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