Monday, August 25, 2008

Hinchliffe, Benassi, Stadden model soldiers

Hello and thanks for the swift reply.

I appreciate your help on this; I am sure it is tedious helping a rookie, but I don't really want to start collecting. The wife says no more hobbies. (I referee football, perform in community theatre shows and am active with the Masons; as a result, I am never home).

.......................give them all up and collect soldiers. Then you'd be
home more often

Here are more details which may help:

All do appear to be metal; they clunk when tapped. They are reasonably heavy for their size.

.............therefore probably lead or lead alloy

One unpainted one with rifle held upside-down over shoulder has Coldstream Guards' name and star inside shield emblem in the base; another appears to be a US Miniteman wearing a tricorn hat, and has an American-eagle-like crest on the base, which is hollow and attached to the feet. Both have Made in England stamped inside the base. The Miniteman appears to have some sort of markings inside the base, rather like a silver hallmark. Both have an incribed signature which appears to be Chas. L. Staldon, or something similar in flowery lettering on the top of the base., there's a clue you didn't tell me about! It's like
pulling teeth! OK Charlie Stadden worked for me when I was the General
Manager for the firm Tradition. Maybe you should read the text of the World
of Model soldiers on my site. He went independent and produced his own
figures, which probably are the ones you own. How about their height? How
about a photograph?

The third unpainted one is a bugler and is the only foot soldier who looks as if the feet may detach from the small, flat base (I have not tried it).

A couple of the painted ones appear to have wooden bases, but the bodies are all metal.

There is an inscription on the removable base of the horse. It has a crown and the raised lettering J. Benassi with a hallmark-like emblem underneath that looks like rugby goalposts and a triangle coming down from the crossbar and circle between the uprights as if J. Wilkinson has just booted one thru.

............This man was another figure maker, Julian as I recall, but after
my time I believe. But the mark sounds similar to one used by Frank
Hinchliffe in the 1970's, when he too used to work for me at Tradition.

Underneath this appears scratched 75 J.B.C. 1 and a copyright sign.

................. 75mm? Julian Benassi, But of course without a height it's
only a guess, and he's written up in The World of
.......................which you haven't yet looked at.

Does any of this mean anything to you? Is there another contact of yours who would be interested in following up?

.............I'll blog this letter and see if anyone turns up. Obviously you
haven't bothered to do a Google search on these two names.

Thanks again for all your help!

..........Best wishes