Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Lead figurines...a question

We've had the following query we thought we'd share:

I have in my possession a selection of old regimented lead figurines. The boxes have the following details on: 25mmFine Cast Metal figures for Wargames Collecting Dioramas, Hinchliffe Models, Meltham, Huddersfield, HD7 3NX. They do appear to have some kind of hand etched serial letters/numbers on such as BNI 7, BRN 6, BNC 4, 7, and 2with a hand etched company logo. Not knowing anymore but that they were sold in a model shop in Coventry over40 years ago, can you give me any further information about them please. I would be greatful for any information you might have. David Walls

Frank Hinchliffe was a model soldier enthusiast who worked for me when I was the General manager of the firmTradition, in Piccadilly, London.

Franks model making skills were incredible, he made many planes, tanks and ships for a variety of museums, andthrough the photographic evidence, he was able to prove that the unseen inside parts of his models were as accurate asthe outsides.
Of course when the outsides were affixed the insides would never be seen again.He was encouraged by Roy Maitland, my boss, to create a series of 54mm artillery pieces, which he successfully did,and which we sold through the shop.

When I opened my shop, Soldiers, in Lambeth, London, near the Imperial War Museum, Frank suggested that he make some 25mm wargame figures, I agreed, he did, and I sold many of them through my outlet.

The value of the figures you have is probably not very high, I sell my old stocks of unpainted wargame figures by the100grams, about a quarter pound, on a pick and mix basis. However you have the original boxes, and, for collectors who soley wish to collect rather than play with or use, the box often obtains a seemingly out of proportion value for the goods.

How to sell, probably Ebay, and the value, well, start with Euro 7.50 a box, or your local equivalent of about a fiver, and see what happens.

Tradition and the new Museum

I’m still unpacking my stock for the new soldier museum here in central Italy and have found in this last week a whole host of Tradition magazines, which were printed in the 1970’s when I was the General Manager of the famous shop in London’s Piccadilly, and also many of the print ‘run ons’ of the glossy plates in Tradition have also seen the light of day for the first time in twenty five years.

When at Tradition under the guidance of Roy Maitland and Alec, his sidekick, I learned the craft of soldiers and militaria which enabled me later to open my own shop Soldiers’ Soldiers in Lambeth south east London, near the Imperial War Museum. When Soldiers closed, the remaining stock was put into store, and now, some twenty years later, is being unpacked to stock the shelves of the new museum. www.soldierssoldiers.com/museum.htm.

When will I have the pleasure of your company? Here in Umbria we have a proverb that says ‘a stranger is a friend as yet unmet’, and I look forward to welcoming all of you soon.