Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Toy soldiers on parade......
I have a toy collection of soldiers and nurses that are representing figures from both World War 1 and World War 2. They were given to me along with all the other things by John and Iva Horton. Their children were the same age as my parents and they did lose one of their sons in WW 2.
From my research the metal pieces are representing WW 1. The nurse and the wounded soldier are also from that group. I have one soldier that is on a stretcher.
Here is an example of the same toy, one done in a metal form and behind them is one that is made of a paper mache-like material. I am thinking that the helmets in the foreground toy soldiers are WW 1 but I am not an authority on this.
This is a toy in very bad shape. Can you see the pigeons that he is handling? I think that I have a helmet that does fit this guy. Can you imagine using pigeons to send messages.
The cannon has rubber like material for it's wheels and the rest of it is made from metal. The guy in front is a first WW soldier.
As a foolish college kid, I needed a fast sculpture for a class and I used a few of these guys in the composition. I actually glued them down to the sculpture, bad idea I know, and the sculpture along with many others were left in an open classroom for many weeks. The flag and grass was painted by me to make it look better. I know now one isn't suppose to do that to antiques.
The whole collection is 40 or more pieces. I really wanted to take time to photograph and catalog each one but that didn't happen this winter. I actually didn't get the posting done until spring but I did want to share some of them. My collection is in very bad shape. I know that they are not of great value because of that, but as a piece of history they are museum pieces. Thanks for stopping by.........
PS I did a little research and did find one company Manoil that made one kind of my soldiers. I will be looking for more later.