Parading the Colors


The Colour Party of the Scots Guards passes in review, as interpreted by the famous toy soldier maker, Britains, Ltd. From 1896 to 1966 this British company produced hundreds of millions of hollow-cast lead toy soldiers depicting the regiments of all nations. Of particular note was Britains' extensive range of regimental color parties amd color guards. By the 1960s, there were more than 2,000 toy soldier sets in the Britains catalog. Sadly, health concerns over lead and lead-based paint brought this original Britains range to an end. Since the 1980s, however, the company has been producing die-cast versions of their classic toy soldiers—though in the opinion of collectors, these new recruits are not quite up to the standard of the great originals.

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