Antiques column: Toy soldiers

Toy soldiers
Toy soldiers

You might be thinking that although there were Zeppelin raids and coastal shelling, the German army didn’t actually set foot on the mainland in 1914-18 ? There were certainly no feldgrau clad troops marching through Pocklington Market Place.

You might be thinking that apart from the Channel Islands we weren’t living under Nazi occupation in 1939-1945 ? The sound of jackboots certainly couldn’t be heard on Market Weighton High Street.

You would be correct but I’m talking “toy soldiers”!

Tin soldiers were produced in Germany as early as the 1730s, by moulding the metal between two pieces of slate.

Toy soldiers became widespread during the 18th century, inspired by the military exploits of Frederick the Great they were collected across the continent.

Read William’s full column in this week’s (17 July) Pocklington Post.