Sunday, August 24, 2008

Model soldiers inherited - a question

Dear John Tunstill

I read your bio. on your web site and knew if anyone could help me it must be you. You have led what sounds like a fascinating life, to say the least.

...........Mmmmmm

Here's my story. I am an ex-pat Briton living in America and have inherited a half-dozen or so metal soldiers from my favourite uncle who was a history buff (a great bloke - he won Bisley and fought with the Gurkhas).

...........Sounds an interesting bloke

They are about 4 inches tall. Two are unpainted; the rest have been painted - it looks very carefully. They look like Napoleonic era (except for one Indian lancer) and indeed Uncle Ollie left a Waterloo uniforms book with them. My Mum says he would have gone out of his way to be authentic as that's the way he was.

.............Photos? Marks on the underside of the bases?

So what to do with them?

...........Keep them and start a collection

Are there good places to sell them?

...........Ebay

Do collectors still like them?

............You must have looked on the web and seen hundreds of sites. So
yes.


Are they lead (I know that might be a problem).

............Are they heavy, are they plastic, do they ding if tapped with a
metal object.......if so perhaps an alloy or maybe even
mazak/alluminium/tin/pewter, ...........or clunk........lead


I welcome your thoughts.

..............& I your answers

.........Best wishes

John Tunstill


Patrick Webb
Long Beach, Washington USA