Toy soldier set

Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)

ca. 1900 (manufactured)

Britains Ltd

[toy soldiers] Height: 6.6 cm tallest, Height: 5.8 cm shortest [boxes (containers)] Length: 37.5 cm, Width: 8.7 cm, Depth: 2.7 cm

B.104:1, 2-2009 MoC

Boxed set of eight lead toy soldiers, Rifle Brigade, made in England by Britains in about 1900

[toy soldiers] Eight painted soldiers in black uniform, seven holding rifles. [boxes (containers)] Red cardboard box base and lid with yellow printed paper label. The lid lists battles in which the Rifle Brigade fought - Copenhagen, Orthes, Monte Video, Toulouse, Roleia, Peninsula, Vimiera, Waterloo, Corunna, South Africa 1846-7; 1851, Busaco, Alma, Barrosa, Inkerman, Fuentes d’Onor, Sevastopol, Cundad Rodrigo, Lucknow, Badojoz, Ashantee, Salamanaca, Ali Masjid, Vittoria, Afghanistan 1878-9, Nivelle,Burma 1885-87, Nive, Khartoum.

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.

Given by Patricia Brown

Location: In Storage

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