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.