I am trying to research and find out about my antique toy soldiers and their value. I played with these metal/tin type soldiers as a little girl in the 70′s. I believe they were my father’s. I was told then that they had a great value to them since they were antiques. The paint is worn off and I am wondering if they are “connoisseur figures”. Can you help solve this mystery for me, I have attached pictures above
Thank you M.H. for your interest in learning more about antiques and sharing your photos. (Bloggers, if you’d like to read the original article the writer is referring to, please go to http://www.WhatsUpMag.com and look in the Antiques department in the Home section of the content listings. You’ll find other articles about antiques there as well.)
In answer to your question, you have inherited some collectible soldiers, but I am dubious as to their “great value”. From what I’ve seen, the more valuable soldiers consist of large sets, in excellent condition, with the original box. Your soldiers look well worn and well loved.
I do not, however claim to be a specialist in the field of antique toy and model soldiers. The best course of action I’d recommend is to do further research by consulting some reference texts on the topic. If there is any markings that designate a particular company or at least let you know whether or not the soldiers were made in America, that will get you started.
Even if you find that your soldiers are only in the $25 to $65 price range for the group; you have some heirlooms to pass down to your children with happy memories attached.
All the best-