Scenic items and materials for use in model railway layouts, dioramas etc.
Tinplate vehicles and mechanical toys from various manufacturers.
Anguplas was a Spanish company that made a variety of plastic model vehicles and buildings in 1:86 scale. Some models were produced in collaboration with Norev of France. The company operated between 1958 and 1966, after which some of the moulds were acquired by Eko who continue production to the present day.
A British toy company with a long history, Chad Valley first started producing teddy bears before the first world war. Tinplate toys were introduced in 1945, and the company went on to develop a large and diverse range which placed them as one of the country's leading toy makers until a decline in the 1970s when it was taken over by Palitoy. In 1978 the brand was acquired by Woolworths and later by Argos, now owned by Sainsburys.
Taylor & Barrett was formed by Fred Taylor and Alfred Barrett in London in 1920. They initially produced lead figures, especially soldiers and farm and zoo animals, and later diverisfied into horse-drawn and motor vehicles. With the second world war and the bombing of their factory, toy production ceased and the company turned its manufaturing activity to supporting the war effort. When peace returned in 1945, the two founders decided to form separate companies so F.G. Taylor & Sons and A. Barrett & Sons were born. Each started making toys again, both under their own brands and on behalf of other companies. During the 1960s much of the production changed to plastic, and the companies continued to trade until 1980 and 1983 respectively. Nowadays Taylor and Barrett models are popular with collectors, although often mistaken for Britains products.
Founded in 1938, Timpo is an abbreviation of 'Toy Importers Ltd', and as the name suggests, the company was initially concerned with importing toys. Timpo turned its attention to manufacturing at the outbreak of war in 1939 when importing was no longer possible. The first hollow-cast lead items began to appear during the war years, but it was not until 1946 that the main Timpo range was established, using moulds purchased from other companies. From 1950 Timpo began producing its own range of figures, notably toy soldiers, which were manufactured in plastic from 1954. Timpo ceased trading in 1978.
Based in the UK in Blandford, Dorset, Wend-Al was one of several manufacturers of toy figures that started up immediately after World War II, but differed in that its products were cast in aluminium instead of the more prevalent hollow-cast lead. Wend-Al's initial production was based by agreement on moulds from the French firm Quiralu, but it soon started producing models of its own which covered subjects including zoo, farrm and circus as well as a version of the popular early TV character Muffin the Mule. However, due to increasing competition from plastic models, Wend-Al ceased production in 1956.
Plastic vehicles and other toys from miscellaneous manufacturers.
Plastic figures from other or unidentified manufacturers.