Over the years, we have strived to bring you both the common and the uncommon. Today we think we have something that is certainly the latter! Today we are offering a set of hand painted miniature soldiers. They were probably produced during the 1890 to 1910-period. They represent the German Army’s pride and the glory from the Napoleonic Wars. I believe each soldier is made of lead, which was most common prior to the inexpensive production of rubber and plastic. (The best “collectible toy soldiers” are still made of lead or other pliable metals). They were then hand painted in great detail. The average soldier stands about 2″ tall.
We have a large number of these figures. We will be happy to sell multiple groups at a discount. I have arranged these into groups that are slightly different. When possible, I have built them around the regimental colors. Below is what is included in a group:
*One (1) officer bearing the regimental colors, flanked by another officer who wearing a sword and a mitre (a special headdress from the period).
*Two (2) sergeants carrying the spontoons that protected the regimental colors. [A spontoon was an evolutionary development of the halberd (a combination of a spear and a battleaxe), as was the partisan]. The regimental colors had to be protected at all costs, as their loss was a disgrace to the entire regiment. To that end, the spontoon was a nasty-looking pike that could eviscerate any who dared to take the regimental colors.
*One (1) mounted officer.
*One drummer wearing a mitre.
*Eight (8) infantry soldiers carrying a musket and wearing mitres.
This wonderful mini grouping has a total of FOURTEEN men. It gives you an idea what soldiers looked like two-hundred-years ago. They probably were owned by a young boy, or perhaps a collector like you!