Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The term lead soldiers is often applied to a variety of types of figurine, not all of which are wholly made of lead. The word soldier here commonly refers to all sorts of military figures, including such things as knights and cowboys. Lead soldiers are used for a variety of purposes: as toys, for use in various types of games with formal rules, and as decorative pieces. In the last few decades, the phrase lead soldier has given way to lead figure . In 1893 British toy maker William Britain invented a method of hollow casting lead figures and went on to found Britains, Ltd. This highly successful company dominated the industry for the better part of a century, producing high-quality miniatures. Hollow casting is a method whereby metal is poured ...