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Britains Swoppet 15th Century Knights

Toy Soldiers
Late 1950s-Early 1960s (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Britains Swoppets 15th Century Knights were first produced in the late 1950s. Britains had made a name manufacturing die cast toy soldiers and civilian figures, and were the leading brand of its type. Herald were company new to the toy soldiers scene, taking advantage of advances in plastics manufacturing to produce safer, more unbreakable toy figures. They sold successful lines of Cowboy and Indian styles, and Robin Hood figures. Britains, realising that the days of lead toys were numbered, bought Herald and began to produce these plastic 15th Century Knights based on moulds they had acquired from a previous sale.
Britains introduced Swoppets in 1958 with the 15th Century Soldiers series following a year later. These were figures that can be swivelled and swapped around with ball joints on their head and neck.



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This object consists of 23 parts.

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Brief Description
Collection of Britains Swoppet 15th Century Knights
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Raymond Harris
Object history
The owner of these toys made his own scenery out of a chocolate box. He says that "I was very much into knights as a child. The were quite expensive and I think I got them all as gifts, though I may have bought some individually at the toy shop that used to be at the top of Peters Hill, Wimbourne Road, Bournemouth, which was on my route to school."
Summary
Britains Swoppets 15th Century Knights were first produced in the late 1950s. Britains had made a name manufacturing die cast toy soldiers and civilian figures, and were the leading brand of its type. Herald were company new to the toy soldiers scene, taking advantage of advances in plastics manufacturing to produce safer, more unbreakable toy figures. They sold successful lines of Cowboy and Indian styles, and Robin Hood figures. Britains, realising that the days of lead toys were numbered, bought Herald and began to produce these plastic 15th Century Knights based on moulds they had acquired from a previous sale.

Britains introduced Swoppets in 1958 with the 15th Century Soldiers series following a year later. These were figures that can be swivelled and swapped around with ball joints on their head and neck.



Bibliographic Reference
Collection
Accession Number
B.157:1 to 23-2011

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