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Britains was established c1860 by William Britain (1826 – 1906) in northeast London and, in the early 1890s, began to specialize in the manufacture of toy soldiers.

Britain’s son William Britain Junior (1860 – 1933) is credited with having invented the hollow casting process which, and in 1893 applied it to the manufacture of toy soldiers, giving the company a competitive edge.

By 1906 virtually all the toy soldiers in the Christmas catalogue of the London toy store Gamages that supplied toys by mail order all over the world were made by Britains. They were marketed as "English-made", giving them a competitive edge over toys made in Europe.

The hollow cast figures, being of a standard size were ideal for war simulations, and Britains were renowned for the accuracy of uniforms and equipment.

The models were sold in high gloss bright red boxes and having the original packaging adds to the value for a collector.

By the 1960s plastic had become the predominant material of manufacture and in 1966, due to safety regulations and the high manufacturing cost, production of hollow cast figures came to an end. more...

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Vintage set of 6 Britains toy soldiers, in original packaging, Cat No. 7225

Four Britains models, including two army lorry's with Drivers, one in original box and two artillery Guns (VG - E box G - VG) (4)

Two Britains models, including British Army covered tender, and British Army beetle lorry, in original boxes (VG boxes G) (2)

A collection of Britains farm animals, Shrubs and farm figures (G)

Britains 'Lancers (Skinner's horse)' figures in original box (E - M box E - M)

Six vintage William Britains, Lead soldiers, marching band

Collection of Britains farm animals, Fences and trees (Af)

A large collection of Britains farm figures and accessories, including fences, trees and farm equipment (Af)

Two Britains British Army covered tender trucks in original boxes (G - VG boxes G - VG) (2)

W Britains lead soldiers including World War I soldiers, Scottish Highlanders, machine gunners & sailors (75). Together with a group model ships & submarines (15). Circa 1920s. (90 items)

A fine collection of fifty four miniature military figurines, including fifty three figures and one mounted officer and comprising a large group of Grenadier Guards (guards, colour party, band) from 'Boys of the old Brigade' series by Langley models; Middl

A Britains searchlight on chassis in original box (E box G)

Britains petrol pumps 103 V, including shell; Mobilgas; Esso with internal packaging (E-M box E)

Collection of loose Britains, including from set 1290 band of the line in Peak caps- Overpaints; and other band figures and plastic band figures

Collection of loose Britains, including set 137 army medical service; and from set 145 Royal army medical Corps, A/F (A Lot)

Collection of loose Britains, including from set 100 21ST Lancers pre war- Repaints and Repairs; from set 45 3rd Madras light cavalry pre war- 1 repaint-; set 47 1ST Bengal cavalry pre war - Overpaints-; from set 39 Royal horse artillery-Overpaints; and li

Collection of loose Britains, including Cowboys and Indians and various military figures, A/F ( A,Lot)

Collection of loose Britains, including set 2148 Fort Henry Guards; 5 from set 110 Devonshire Reg. set 1603 Irish Infantry; Married set 2010 Airborne Infantry, A/F ( a Lot)

Collection of loose Britains, including from set 312 pre war-touch ups; set 196 Evzones pre war; set 2032 red army - Repaints-; set 1858 British Infantry; and others, A/F (A Lot)

Collection of loose Britains, including from set 8 4th Hussars - touch ups-; set 25 5th Lancers pre war - touch ups-; Confederate Troops - Overpaints, A/F (A Lot)

Britains no.5F farm 'Waggon' in Britains labelled box missing driver, Overpaints A/F (G-E box P)

Britains no.5F farm 'Waggon' in Britains labelled box (G-E box VG)

Britains no.1334 army lorry, Repair to door and front near grille (G box E)

Britains no.2150 Centurion tank, repaint, Ex-Christies Lot (E box VG)

Britains no.12F timber carriage, Overpaints A/F in labelled Britains box (G-VG box G)

Boxed Britains black watch 2109 set, set strung in box with colour label to lid A/F (VG-E box P-F)

Britains circus set 8665, limited edition no.1059/3000 (E-M box M)

Modern Britains the United States army band of Washington D.C. No. 004301 cat no. 5391, limited edition of 5000

Britains no.1791 Royal Corps of Signals (Dispatch Riders), sewn in (G box F-G)

Five small 1950s die cast vehicles, including two DT racers, one Britains lead saloon, A Charbens Toys veteran bus and a Studebaker in lead. Good plus condition (5)

Two Britains army vehicles, including a British army covered tender (with driver), with caterpillar tracks; and a beetle lorry, both boxed (VG boxes G)

Three Folders of Catalogues from Brands, including CMC; Britains; Tucher and Walther; Matchbox; Corgi; soldier Pac

A collection of toy soldiers from various Makers, including Crecsent toys; Abel; Cp miniatures; Beau Geste; modern Britains; and others, A/F (a lot)

Two modern Britains sets, including 17100 Nathan Bedford Forrest Leaders in blue and grey; and 00254 the Irish state coach (E-M boxes E-M) (2)

Modern Britains set 00159 bombed street scene (E-M box E-M)

A collection of unboxed Britains soldiers, including British Infantry; Hussars; French Foreign Legion; Royal Dublin Fusiliers and others (60+)

A collection of unboxed Britains soldiers, including Blackwatch; Pipers; Territorial Infantry; and others, A/F (53+)

Three boxes of Britains, including 1725 + 9704 4.5 inch and 25 pound Howitzers; 1876 gun carrier with Crew; and 17175+ 2173 +1725 2LB Anti Aircraft gun, bat gun and 4.5 inch Howitzer, in 3 reproduction boxes (G-E boxes E-M) (3 boxes)

Three boxes of Britains, including 1201+1715 Royal artillery gun and two two pound Anti Aircraft gun (unmounted); 1726 + 1432 10 wheel covered army tender and Regulation Limber; and 2173+2026 B.A.T. Gun and 25 pound Howitzer in 3 reproduction boxes (G-VG b

Six Britains sets, including 2131 British medium machine Gunners; 2127 Royal Marines; 2033 U.S. Infantry service dress; 2029 Life Guards-touch ups; 2120 3rd Kings Own Hussars; and one other. All sewn into reproduction boxes (F-E boxes E-M) (6)