Avis Yuni Antiques & Collectibles

Manufacturer: England Lead Toy
Collectible antique small old lead figure of a man carrying an animal which looks like a pig, although the coloring is gray rather than pink. The man could be a farmer carrying his pig or a butcher from the white frock coat, perhaps carrying the animal from market back to his store. His hat looks like the older type worn by firemen, so he also could be a fireman carrying the pig or animal away from a fire. He was made in England. The man is labelled on the backside of his white/ivory coat near the bottom in raised letters "Copyright England" (not all the letters in "Copyright" are there but this is clearly what the word is). It is possible that the male figure is a Britains piece, but we can't promise that since Britains, Ltd. Proprietors does not appear.

What is most important to note about this piece is that both of his legs are broken above the feet, so the feet and base are missing and the man can not presently stand. A handy person could still stand the man in a display or diorama via inserting his legs into some putty, however, this is the manner in which we got him from an older home, and we are selling him as is/as found.

We don't know if this figure was originally sold to be used with a train set or a village display (such as a Christmas village or Christmas scene display) or as part of some other old toy set or scene. It definitely is an old, antique or vintage piece, although we don't know the exact age (we are not toy dealers and just describe what we see). He is definitely made of a cast metal which we believe could be lead from similar pieces we've handled and seen. As such, we will only sell this to adult collectors, it should be handled with care and should not be given to children to play with due to concerns with lead exposure.

The man laying down currently has a length of about 2 inches, with a width of 3/4 inch and a depth of about 5/8 inch. There is a broken off piece at the top tip of the man's black hat which we believe was made in manufacture, from separating him from the mold in which he was made. We have provided 7 images to try and show from differing angles and details for condition purposes, with the man also shown with a quarter for size comparison. Please note that the white "hot spots" are reflections from the camera lighting.

Beyond the missing feet, this piece shows other age and wear. There is paint wear, paint chipping/flaking. The man's paint loss is generally small flaked spot areas with gray metal showing through. There are some larger areas on paint loss on his legs, arms/hands and hat, and smaller paint wear areas including line ridge wear areas on his white coat and face. The bright camera lighting may "bland out" some of the paint wear making some of it hard to see, but it is there. The paint looks original to us, he does not appear to have been repainted.

This figure could be used within a collectors group of small vintage toy figures or incorporated into an older train set or diorama or other display dealing with country life or American life in general.

Please note that we have many other lead toys listed separately for sale. If you wish to purchase more than one, please e-mail us before placing the order since the shipping information has been inputted for a purchase of just one and will not calculate the savings you would get when purchasing more than one shipped together in the same package (we will need to handle this for you).

Antique England Toy Lead Train Figure Man Carrying Pig, Missing Feet

  • Your price: $3.00
  • Item Number: 1272
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