Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Hello John,
I have 5 toy soldiers signed by R.Courtenay with names of individuals printed on the basas ie. "Duke of Bourbon" etc. They were my Great Aunt's and I fell in love with them as a very small boy. Two of the foot soldiers have lost there swords with one with loss of scabbarb. I also have a Knight with lance that my daughter dropped many years ago breaking off the tail and some damage to a corner of the base. I would like them repaired as they are a reminder of my youth and I want to display them. I am an avid collector of very fine soldiers painted in St. Petersburg.

Please advise, Thank you for your time,
Dan Townsend

Peter Greenhill is the man.
I've copied your email to him ( and send it with best wishes from sunny Italy)

Best wishes
John Tunstill

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

19th century German Toy Soldiers

If have a collection of several hundred J. C. Allgeyer, Johann Haffner, and Ernst Heinrichsen 30 millimeter tin toy soldiers that I am trying to find out more about. Do you know where I can get information? Are there many other collectors of these German toy soldiers? Any help would be appreciated.
Merlyn Lausten

Have you entered the maker's name plus toy or tin soldiers into a search engine? I found hundreds of leads.

John Tunstill

Friday, March 16, 2007

Men At War 1914-1945 Collection

Hi...Im hoping you could help me...Out of a set of 75 men at war lead soldiers (1914-1945), I only collected the first 28 in the series....These were purchased through the newsagency on a weekly basis....The first 8 were made of lead and were recalled...I still have these...The rest of the set were to be made from Fine Pewter...I also with these soldiers have a book on each one...I am hoping you know about these copies

...............I've seen one or two of them, but know little about them as I stopped collecting soldiers about 25 years ago when I moved to Italy, and started collecting houses!

and was hoping you could give me a rough estimate of there worth so that i could sell them...

...................have you made a search on Ebay?

I purchased these roughly 10 years ago....I enjoyed reading your web site...Hoping for a reply or a link you could send me to...

.............we'll blog yor letter in the hope that others will be able to help

Thankyou for your time...Tracey Pinchen

.................Best wishes
...............John Tunstill

Friday, March 09, 2007


Mr. Tunstill,

My name is Tom. I live in a suburb of Chicago, IL in the U.S. I'm hoping you can give me some advice. Over 30 years ago, my father started a lead soldier collection. Over the years, it became quite extensive. He passed away 4 years ago and now, all these lead soldiers are just collecting dust at my mother's house. I really have no idea how many there are, but I'd roughly estimate somewhere between 750 - 1,000 pieces. Many are still new in the box.

........................can you take some photos?

I remember my dad always telling me that the collection would be worth a lot of money someday. Well, unfortunately, my mother is under medical care that she cannot afford and I was wondering if selling this collection could help raise some money for her. I wish I could describe them in detail to you but I don't really have a good grasp on their descriptions. I'm fairly certain that most of them were made in either France or Britain. They're all beautiful hand painted pieces and in excellent condition (except for a little dust) and as I said, many are still new in box.

.................manufacturers names? Sizes of the figures? Names of regiments?

I would really prefer to be able to sell the entire collection as a whole for a fair price rather than try to spend a lot of time selling piece by piece. Can you give me any advice on where to start with my situation? Do you know any serious collectors in Illinois?, sorry

Would you be interested?


Any advice you can provide would be much appreciated.

I look forward to, hopefully, hearing back from you soon.

................let me have the above details

Thomas Gulino

...............Best wishes
...............John Tunstill