E.W. Baylis & Sons

Handcrafted toy soldiers

E.W. Baylis & Sons manufacture the finest quality metal toy soldiers, each one designed, cast and hand painted in Britain. With design supported by thorough historical research, these charming toy soldiers are based on the traditional model railway “O” scale and the old “B” scale of toy soldiers, standing at 42mm or 1 ⅔ inches tall.

E.W. Baylis toy soldiers make a very special gift, from the ages of eight all the way to eighty. Whether it is for those looking to begin their collection, build their battalions and indulge their imaginations or for those keen to rekindle happy memories, each handmade soldier is not just a perfect toy, but a exceptional treasure.

Each unique figure is cast as a single piece, meaning no parts or extremities can come unglued or loose over time. The charming and innovative E.W. Baylis design ensures that your precious toy soldiers wear gently with age. The figures are also specifically painted in a manner sympathetic to their toy heritage, using only flat colours and a restricted pallet.

The figures cover the French and Indian War (1754–1763). This was the North American chapter of the Seven Years’ War. The war was fought between the colonies of British America and New France, as well as Native American allies. The French in particular depended on the Indian allies.

The war was fought primarily along the frontiers between New France and the British colonies, from Virginia in the South to Nova Scotia in the North. It began with a dispute over control of the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, called the Forks of the Ohio, and the site of the French Fort Duquesne (present-day Pittsburgh). The conflict opened at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754, during which a 22-year-old George Washington, commanding Virginia militiamen, ambushed a French patrol.

E.W. Baylis figures are not available for purchase for persons under 14 years of age, but, under supervision, are an ideal gift for a new generation looking to foster a love for the traditional British toy soldier.

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