Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Postage Stamps, Philately, Franco Bolli, Filatelica, Covers, First Day Issue, Cinderellas, Postcards, Envelopes, Ephemera, Fiscal Stamps, Newspaper Stamps.

ps001. Italy Cinderellas Es Naz Belle Arti Orticultura 1896-7 ps002. Italy Roma - Ireland 1899 ps003. Italy Napoli 185- ps004. Italy Bologna 1855 ps005. Italy Cinderellas Es Electtricita Como 1899 ps006. Tri este - Udine 1888 Bulletin di Spedizione ps007. Italy Napoli - Vienna 1898 ps008. Italy Bologna 1859 ps009. Italy Trapani 1857 ps010. Italy Castelnuovo di Sotto 1813 ps011. Italy Bologna 1836 ps012. Italy Gromo 1876 ps013. Italy Roma - Piacenza 1937 ps014. Italy Milano - Fontanella 1898 ps015. Italy Gromo 1876 – 2 ps016. Italy Fermo - Monterubbrana 185- ps017. Italy Catania - S Giovanni La Ponte 1912 ps018. Italy Urbino - England 1921 ps019. Gazzetta Piemontese 10 Maggio 1837 ps020. Gazzetta Piemontese 9 Maggio 1837 ps021. Gazzetta Piemontese 11 Maggio 1837 ps022. Italy Nola Casamarciano - Napoli 1880 ps023. Italy Amalfi - England 1905 ps024. Italy Milano - Cagliari 1889 Bullettino di Spedizione ps025. Italy Capri - London 1882 Cartolina Italiana per L'Estero ps026. Italy Bologna - Genova 1842 ps027. Italy Reggio - Correggio 1830 ps028. Italy Napoli - Lecce 1813 ps029. Italy Seneghe - Oristano 1884 ps030. Germany S Poelten - Florenz 1842 ps031. Italy Napoli - Oldham England 1939 ps032. UK Glasgow - Oldham 1926 ps033. UK East Dereham 1886 ps034. UK East Dereham 1886 2 ps035. Austria Rodaun Scharfling am Mondsee 1886 ps036. Italy Venezia - USA 1958 ps037. Italy Roma - England 1921 ps038. Italy Roma - England 1921 ps039. Italy Cernobbio - England 1913 ps040. Italy Venezia – England ps041. Italy Torino - England 1935 ps042. Italy Bordighera - England 1927 ps043. Italy Venezia - England 1927 ps044. Italy Trevetrano - Dalarma 1838 ps045. Germany Pforzhe - England 192- 2 900 000 Marks ps046. UK Ministry of Health 1920 ps047. Berlin - UK 1920 ps048. French Ministry of War, travel pass for Italian Military, the Duke of Spoleto, 1916 ps049. San Marino - France 1921 ps050. Rhodes - UK 1937 All scans are A4 size. For more information, prices and scans of the reverse please email jon@technet.it Parla Italiano; Habla Espan’iolo; Gavaryu po Russki, Russian; also English and American.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Now on Ebay. Lot 122. Soldiers’ Soldiers, 54mm lead-alloy French sailor stretcher bearers and wounded man. Excellent condition, 1970’s. Just one of some 350 different figures representing some 35 different armies from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Eire, English/British, French, German, Gibraltar, Greece, Nepal, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Roman, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Senegal, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, United States of America, Uruguay, Wales, West India & Zulu. Infantry, cavalry, territorial, fusiliers, guards etc etc. Painted and unpainted. Many more figures available, send for lists. € 17.50 + pp UK, Europe, € 5.00, USA, rest of world. € 7.00.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

RECENT AQUISITIONS 54mm Lead-alloy vintage soldiers

Box 70, Eight British Sailors at attention in gaiters. Original boxed set of Soldiers Soldiers, made in Lambeth, London, in the 1970's by John Tunstill – Soldiers. Now vintage figures, and boxes are rarely found on-line or on eBay. The sailors appeared in this uniform at the Spithead Reviews.
A panoramic photo: in fact half a dozen individual photos joined together: showing the Grand Harbour in Valetta, Malta in the late 1880's at the time of the visit of Queen Victoria in the Royal pleasure boat Britannia accompanied by Dreadnaughts of the British Mediterranean Fleet is also for sale.

Box 88, Eight King’s Royal Rifles, a popular boxed set made in the 1970’s and 80’s of the world famous Soldiers Soldiers. This UK full dress would have been worn at reviews, parades and at the Aldershot Tattoo. Original Victorian prints by Paine, Simkin and Burnett available.

Box 123, Eight United States Marine Corps, on parade, presenting arms, maybe outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square where they made the film Children of the Damned. see.www.reelstreets.com

Box 92, 8 x British Line Infantry in kahkie, off to the colonies, maybe India or Africa, wearing the 1890 pattern foreign service helmet. Made by Soldiers’ Soldiers, London some 90 years after the event, 30 or so years ago. Kahkie is an Urdu, north Indian, word meaning dust, and in the British Army the white, tropical uniforms were stained, often with tea, to provide a less obvious target, for soldiers in the field. With washing, and the sun, the tea stain would gradually fade, leaving any body of troops with a variety of shades from light biscuit to light brown.

Box 333, 8 x Bethnal Green Volunteers, ONLY ever made for the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood in, wait for it, Bethnal Green, East London. Never sold in the Soldier Shop or supplied to the trade. Formed in the late 1700's when the threat of an invasion by Napoleon was at its highest.
A rare set depicting the forerunners of the Territorial Army.

Box 93, 8 x British Infantry, perhaps in the Egyptian or Sudan Campaign, attempting to rescue Gordon and relieve Khartoum, taken up the Nile in boats provided by Thomas Cook. Lead-alloy 54mm figures, hand-painted by British labour in hygienic workshops in Lambeth in the 1970's. A most interesting scrap book of the Egyptian campaign, newspaper reports, sketches, maps etc, contemporary documentation, is now for sale

Box 33, Eight riflemen KRRC again, this time quick-marching at the trail to the strains of the Huntsman' Chorus, in guard order. Marching past the assembled multitude outside the Soldier Shop in Kennington Road, Lambeth, near the Imperial War Museum. Did you ever visit?

Box 123, 8 x Royal Air Force, passing-out parade, Hendon, Wilmslow or any other RAF camp. Per Ardua ad Astra…….is what they told me. Difficulties, yes, but stars, only when I hit my head.The Dam Busters filming location is on www.reelstreets.com. As is The Liquidator which also shows RAF personnel.

Box 17a, 8 x Royal Marines, relieving the Legations in Pekin at the time of the Boxer Rebellion, see Charlton Heston in 55 Days at Pekin for the first united nations military force. British, French Sailors box 340, Russians box 342, Prussian Uhlans variations on 142 and Marine Infantry box 93a, Rajputs 330, and Sikhs 297 all took part. Two Victorian prints showing the storming of the Forbidden City are for sale. No extra charge for the minor worm holes!

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

The World of Model Soldiers

Based on the World of Model Soldiers originally commissioned and paid for by André Deutsch in association with Rainbird Reference Books 36 Park Street, London, W1Y 4DE in 1979, but unhappily never published, due to the miners and Ted Heath and the three day week.

Granted an ISBN number of 0-233-96537-8 and with copies of the original manuscript lodged with the principal libraries in the United Kingdom.

Much of the original material has now been superceeded, but I hope that this work will be of interest to collectors of model soldiers throughout the world.
Copyright 2003 © John Tunstill, Calzolaro, Umbertide, PG, Italy

PREFACE & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS >Part 1 : Early Model Soldiers

Model figures have been made by man from the time that he was first sufficiently civilised to be able to model clay and to use the primitive tools; and model soldiers, as opposed to ordinary human figures, were made from the time of the earliest soldiers having a uniform, instead of a purely warlike appearance.

Crude drawings of model figures - not necessarily of soldiers - have been found in some of the earliest human settlements. One of the earliest collections of model soldiers belonged to the Chinese cavalry commander, Chang, and was found in the province of Wu Wei in 1969; another belonged to the Egyptian prince, Emsah, who lived about 2.000 years before the birth of Christ.

These two may have been posthumous collectors in that both collections were found in the tombs of their owners as were most of the earliest known models. Reproductions of other early Chinese figures have been on sale in China for many years and are still sold there. They are usually of a wire frame surmounted by a china or porcelain covering and then hand painted.

Around the Mediterranean there have been finds of bronze model figures from Ancient Greece; and flat tin figures of Romans, and Roman soldiers, have been found throughout Europe - one of the best known being the figure of a legionary found in Germany at Mainz. Greece, the Mediterranean islands, Mexico, and Peru all have claims to be the sites of early manufactories of model soldiers and figures fashioned from metal, terra cotta, clay, and stone which are arguably military in style.

to be continued

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

FREE - Soldier Tradition Print - samples. See below


Just discovered, more than 1000 ex Tradition A4 full colour military prints, 1970's, some 50 different subjects. Would you like one of them FREE? Email me, but PLEASE don't ask me to list them in order to provide you with one of them for nothing.

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Monday, September 19, 2011




Britains Circus Ringmaster, good condition, possibly repainted. € 19.00 + pp UK € 4.00, Europe € 4.00, USA € 5.00.

Offers subject to availability. Payments by PayPal to jon@technet.it

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Offers subject to availability. Payments by PayPal to jon@technet.it

British WWII, War medal. Awarded for Active Service in a theatre of war,
and issued after 1945. Mint condition, with original envelope and ribbon.
€ 6.00 + pp UK € 3.40, Europe, € 3.40, USA, € 4.30

Two A4 full colour military prints, Royal Artillery and 5th Dragoon Guards. 1850’s / 60’s. Published by Tradition 1970’s. Ideal for office, den, study. Hundreds more available, individual or wholesale. One free sample, + pp UK € 4.40 , Europe, € 4.40, USA, € 5.30.

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Danckleman and Schrader cigarette cards, actresses

The cinema was invented in the late 1800’s, and the tremendous interest that it created gave rise to many very early “stars”. Some of these beautiful ladies, then, as now, were seduced by the glamour of the occasion, the attention they attracted from the rich and famous, and, in the terms of the Victorian novelists, often “suffered a fate worse than death”. Because of the reputation of the music halls, any public dancer, including the most famous ballerinas, were often considered to be of a lower moral fibre than the virtuous women, and their equally virtuous husbands, in the audience. Many actresses on the legitimate stage, unless famous, and then approved by society, were also thought of with less than kindness.

The advent of photography, and its ease of reproduction of still images gave rise to the postcards of the end of the nineteenth century, and their proliferation in the fist years of the twentieth. Postcards were printed by the million and distributed to all corners of the world to be sold, and, where postal services existed, sent to friends. About the same time the cigarette card companies began to insert small photographs into their packs, the first cigarette cards, and they chose a wide variety of subjects, many of which had also been previously used by the postcard producers. The printing company had the original art work, sketch, drawing or negative and it was thus a simple matter to reproduce similar cards, but in smaller sizes.

Many of these cards, of which thousands of sets exist and are well documented, fetch, for a complete set, hundreds of pounds, even more Euro and twice as many dollars. There are numerous catalogues and lists which index and describe these cards and also give valuations. But, in all these sites and learned works there is rarely, if ever, a note about Danckleman & Schrader, their company, or their cards, thus establishing their rarity, and with notable famous beauties of their day, desirability..

Danckleman & Schrader was the name given to a cigarette company in Montevideo, Uruguay, who, in the first few years of the 1900’s, as an inducement to purchase their Cigarrillos Londres brand of cigarettes, began to insert small cards into their packaging. Cigarette cards.

Some of their early sets were devoted to Bullfighters, a pastime then popular, and legal in both Uruguay and Argentina, as well as Children and pretty Views. Later sets exploited the lure of sexual attraction. Most smokers were men, and some forty two series included famous beauties of the day.

Most of these girls have been lost to view. Who now remembers pretty Mae Lowery? But some, like Meaty Fleuron; and if ever there was an unfortunate name this must be one of the best; lives on in immortality in Ogden’s Guinea Gold cigarette cards, and also in the D & S card No 7 in the seventh series, VII.

Also in this series were;
Maude Adams, an idol of the American theatre and a book has been written about her.
Amy Busby was a friend of Gertrude Lawrence and appeared also in the Sweet Caporal Cigarette card collection.
Helen Robertson might have written, or appeared in a novel published by the Olympia Press.
Anna Hayes faded from view.
Grace Freeman, a US musical comedy actress, was another of Ogden’s Guinea Gold girls.
Mignon Villars, Ogdens again, and also appeared in the Sweet Caporal Cigarettes series.
Of Annabelle, Mac Bradley and Nellie Nice, from this series, we know no more.

Although of South American origin Danckleman, or Schrader bought in beauties from North America and Europe, no local girls appear to have been used. Someone in the printing business perhaps sold these early images as a job lot, or maybe even did the printing.

The Girls of Series Seven, is an incomplete set of these unique Danckleman & Schrader cigarette cards, eleven cards out of a set of 25, all are in excellent condition and cost £ 20.00 each, postage included, insurance is an extra £4.50.

I'm now starting to examine my large collection of cigarette cards, many of which are in original albums, military uniforms, badges, defeats and victories, and will be listing them on site.