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Britains Model Home Farm Animals

$13.00

A collection of painted lead toy farm animals made by Britains in the first half of the twentieth century. We are selling these charming little animals individually, so please make your choice in the box below.

History

Britains lead farm animals were a spin-off from the toy soldiers produced by a company founded by William Britain Jr, a British toy manufacturer; who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. Britains Model Home Farm first appeared in 1923, with the company's push to introduce more non-military lines after World War One. The range was a success, and spawned the similarly animal-centric Britains zoo and Britains Circus ranges. And as Britains 1940 catalogue said:

“It is just that kind of toy which can be played with equally well by the youngest or oldest child, not to mention a large number of grownups, and the fact that it can be added to at will, and is so infinitely varied, ensures that there is never any likelihood of its failing to give pleasure to even the most changeable youngster, and mother or father may be sure of quiet evenings if Britains Model Home Farm is in the home”.

Country of origin: UK

Date of manufacture: 1923 - 1960

Material: lead

Dimensions:

Horse Height 5cm  Length 7cm

Fence Height 3.5cm  Length 6.5cm

Condition: good, with flakes and knocks to the paint. Wear and tear is more prevalent on some items, and this is reflected in the price.