Britains Toy Soldiers

The History and Handbook 1893-2013

James Opie

This is the first full-color history of the world-famous toy soldiers, charting their development from Victorian table toy to 21st Century collectible. Prior to 1893 the family toy business of the Britain family was struggling as the toy industry was dominated by German manufacturers and importers. Then came the fateful decision first to import, th
Date Published :
August 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
approx 250 color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848844445
Pages : 504
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
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$50.00

Overview
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This is the first full-color history of the world-famous toy soldiers to chart the whole story of their development from Victorian table toy to 21st Century collectable. Prior to 1893 the family toy business of the Britain family was struggling as the toy industry was dominated by German manufacturers and importers. Then came the fateful decision first to import, then to design and manufacture, toy soldiers, an area the German firms were particularly strong in. Britains Toy Soldiers were born and soon their boxes stamped with the slogan 'Best Quality English Make' were being eagerly opened by little boys across Britain and then around the world. The rest, as they say is history and it is all captured here by James Opie, the world's leading expert on the subject, as he lovingly traces the varying fortunes of arguably the most famous British toy company.

Illustrated with lavish color photographs, many of them featuring items from the author's own collection, the book includes feature sections such as collectors' favorites and prices, high-value and famous sets, artistic highlights, quirks and mysteries. It is without doubt the most authoritative book on the subject and will be welcomed by the thousands of devoted collectors world wide as well as many more with fond memories of childhood battles with these beautiful toys.

About The Author
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James Opie is the toy soldier consultant to Bonham's auctioneers and recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the subject. He has a very significant collection of his own, which he has been building since childhood. For over a quarter of a century, until his recent retirement, James Opie was also editor and buyer for the Military and Aviation Book Society and various other book clubs. He has written seven previous books on various aspects of toy soldier collecting.

REVIEWS
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"...an extraordinary history not just of Britains, but of the hobby. Page after page reveals how the convergence of military history, child’s play, civilian themes, floor wars and ceremonial splendor makes people so devoted to collecting old Britains and the latest releases, and wax nostalgic. This exceptional handbook is highly recommended to anyone who has fallen prey to the charms of Britains and toy figures in general."

- Toy Solder & Model Figure

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