Some of my favourite pieces have personal associations for me.
For instance, I have a set of Argentinian Gauchos, recalling the time that my grandmother was brought up on her father's estancia
From time to time I have come across various toy soldier collecting themes that have held my interest for considerable periods of time. The following subjects are still prominent in my display room:
- Small size Britains
- The British Empire
- Representative ikons of the famous armies of history, see Historical collecting
- Examples of all different styles of toy soldier making and manufacturers
- Two World Wars
- The Cold War
- British Ceremonial
- The Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Scots Greys
- The relief of Peking, 1900 (see Photo Album) Some photos from my collection
- Early British toy soldier manufacturers
- Robin Hood
- Souvenir soldiers and figures (particularly from places I have visited)
- Toy soldiers I collected when I was young
Highland officers, including some special paintings
As my collection took shape, I decided that highlanders were going to be one of my specialities. Here are the officers, mounted and on foot.
My great-grandfather was Chaplain to the Gordon Highlanders just before the First World War, and would have worn a uniform very much like the Gordons officer in the centre of the picture above.
I am very fond of the early highlanders firing, which make up into such spectacular squares - pics below. The officers are all the rare smooth helmeted variety, but spot the conversion which is not!
These are the earliest version of set 89, the Cameron Highlanders firing, with officers and pipers. The picture is a bit overexposed, but you can still see that the red coats are of a more orange colour than the later figures in the next picture down.
Some later highlanders, with Set 122, the Black Watch. As you can see from my page headings, I use this as my signature picture
Britains made a special effort to produce superb Highlanders in the late 1950s, as a counter to the new plastic models being produced by the competition. These Black Watch colours and the marching figures from the later display set 73 are hard to beat.