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Toy Soldiers150 of 157Lead soldiers, unknown maker, probably a DIY kit. Barclay "Podfoot" soldiers. Post WWII, C. 1950s-71.
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    Posted 10 years ago

    Dr_Rambow
    (88 items)

    I'm on the fence about these, can't tell if they are period or modern. They don't match up with the makers I know (which basically comes down to Grey Iron). There range between 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" tall, were either painted silver or have a thin nickel coating. In any case, these were fairly rusty when they were given to me.

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    1. fourpeepsake fourpeepsake, 10 years ago
      It's difficult to date when these soldiers were cast, but patina would be one way of estimating age. What you mention as nickel plate is more likely higher tin content in the lead mixture.

      Here is a link to a page that shows some of the moulds that were available from different manufacturers back then.

      http://www.concentric.net/~richcamp/tmidinfo.htm

      Have fun.
    2. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 10 years ago
      Would more tin cause a bright orange oxide (isn't it white)? Before I took these images removed/oiled the active rust on these things. The back side of the broken gun in the first image was orange like a pumpkin with the stuff.

      In other news, the guns *might* be the same as on this catalog sheet, but not all of the other figures match up.

      http://www.concentric.net/~richcamp/tmpics23.htm

      In any case, thanks for the link. I suppose their origin will be revealed in good time.
    3. fourpeepsake fourpeepsake, 10 years ago
      I would say that the image of the gun shown in the link is a very good match to your guns. I noticed in one of your other posts on lead figures that you found a mould. Would love to see a pic of that.

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