Treasure Chest Thursday: Toy Soldiers

These toy soldiers belonged to my husband’s father and are probably about 65 years old.  My husband refound them when he was looking through one of his trunks a few weeks ago and the kids have been playing with them in the backyard ever since.

And look – they were actually MADE IN THE USA!!!:)

I think that there are a few that may have been from a different set.  I’m not sure why this guy has a hole on top of his head.  He looks different than the above soldiers though.  Of course, that could be because his paint is really wearing off.

And here are some of the casualties of war.


Here are a few of them in action, in our backyard.  Yes, we have rocks in our yard – we live in the desert.:)

Do any of you have toy soldiers also?

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  • Mariann Regan - April 21, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Cool pictures. And hey, I don’t mean to be alarmist, but if these toy soldiers are 65 years old . . . is there lead in their composition? Or lead paint??ReplyCancel

    • Jenn - April 22, 2013 - 8:37 am

      Very good point Mariann!! I didn’t even think about that.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - April 22, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    My dad and his brother had a set of toy soldiers from the 1920’s that we played with as kids. Last year we were cleaning things out of my mother’s garage and all my brother wanted were the army men to share with his grandsons. We talked about the possibility of lead – I don’t know if you can have them tested or what. I sure wish I’d taken some photos of them before he packed them up and took them home :-(ReplyCancel

  • paul dixon - March 14, 2015 - 8:45 am

    These are ‘dimestore’ figures sold in american 5 and 10 cent stores. Pre-war figures had full bases, when metal was in short supply the ‘pod-foot’ figures were produced with small circular bases for each foot. The scale of these figures was ‘O’ gauge to compliment the larger railways made in Germany, most toy soldiers are 54mm in size. Pre-1966 metal figures usually contain lead before health and safety stopped production for children. Biggest risk to children is via ingestion if soldiers are chewed or put into mouth, lead figures today are collected by adults with little risk to health. Hope this is of interest. The value of these figures is from about £2 to £10 each, depending upon condition and rarity. Look on ebay for similar figures.
    Paul.ReplyCancel

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