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W. BRITAIN PHOTO GALLERY

W. Britain Sets of Distinctions

Singled out due to their rarity, uniqueness, and value, The Stewart W. Britain Figures Collection contains eight sets of distinction:

  • The Clyde Model Dockyard Mechanical Display
  • The Civilians Version Two Set
  • The Archer with Target
  • The Boer War Supply Column

 

  • The North American Indians and Cowboys Set
  • The Circus Roundabout
  • The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Set
  • The Salvation Army Band
Unique Clyde Model Dockyard Mechanical Display, 1930s

Unique Clyde Model Dockyard Mechanical Display, 1930s

The Unique Clyde Model Dockyard Mechanical Display

pictured above was displayed in the window of The Clyde Model Dockyard Hobby shop in Glasgow Scotland during the 1930s. Eight separate tin plate mounted groups of figures would have originally been mechanically driven in order to rotate around the window. This group is the only one known to exist. W. Britain also made larger mechanical displays for the Coronations of 1937 and 1953 but were eventually broken up and sold as individual items. 

North American Indians and Cowboys Display,  Special Assortment, S.A, 1913

Civilians Version Two, Set number 168, 1925.

 

Civilians Version Two, Set # 168, 1925

Originally named “Civilians” when issued, the title of the set was changed to “Pedestrians” around 1926. W Britain was well known for being up to date on trends in military and civilian clothing. The set displayed is the second version featuring females in popular late 1920s style flapper dresses while the first version included ladies in Edwardian garb with long dresses and headscarf’s holding on to their motoring hats. 

W. Britain Set #1439 Mammoth Circus Roundabout

W. Britain Set #1439 Mammoth Circus Roundabout

Mammoth Circus Roundabout, Set #1439

The rarest, most desirable of all W. Britain civilians sets, #1439: Mammoth Circus Roundabout with its original box . A wonderful working toy, you can almost hear the pipe organ playing as the kids ride! Circa 1936.

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Archer with Target, Set #1344, 1934

This archer was part of an experimental line of non-aggression style toys produced between the two World Wars after which the sales of military themed toys lost favor with consumers. The archer is a departure from the traditional 2 1⁄4 inch tall Britain figure, standing at 4 inches. 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Set #1654, 1938.

W. Britain entered a licensing agreement with Disney to produce The Snow white figures along with other Disney characters. Snow White was the first full-length cel animated feature film released in 1937 and Disney's earliest animated feature length film. The complete and intact boxed set with the names of the Dwarves is exceptionally difficult to obtain and is eagerly sought after by both lead figure and Disney collectors alike. 
 

 

Set Of Distinction: Boer War Supply Column, 1901

W. Britain did not sell this set pictured above, thy did not give it a designated catalog number, include it in their listing, or feature it in any of their catalogs. The item was sold exclusively by wholesaler C.F. Eckhardt and Company Limited (C.F.E). This set is usually included in the top 12 most desirable sets sought after by Collectors of W. Britain figures. 

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Salvation Army: Officers, Band& Colors, Set #10, 1906

This is one of the rarest W. Britain sets, the inclusion of the original box, which is the only one known to exist makes this set extremely rare and valuable. The set was discontinued in 1908. 


The Gordon Highlanders, W Britain Set #77

Boer Infantry, W Britain Set #26, 1908

Infanterie de Ligne, W. Britain Set# 141, 1925-1941

Infanterie de Ligne, W. Britain Set# 141, 1925-1941

Coldstream Guards Band, W. Britain Set#37, 1925.

Coldstream Guards Band, W. Britain Set#37, 1925.

West Point Cadets, Summer Dress, W. Britain Set#299, 1927-1941

Royal Mail Van, W. Britain Set #1552, 1937

W. Birtain Set #1392 Civilian Autogiro

W. Birtain Set #1392 Civilian Autogiro

Delhi Durbar Display, W. Britain, 1994-2004

Delhi Durbar Display, W. Britain, 1994-2004