Object StatementToy North American Indians and accessories (21), lead, made by Britains Ltd, England / maker unknown, place of production unknown,1908-1935, used by Wyatt family, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia / Roseville, New South Wales, Australia, 1935-1965
Physical DescriptionToy North American Indians and accessories (21), metal, made by Britains Ltd, England, and maker unknown, 1908-1935, used by Wyatt family, Hobart, Tasmania, and Roseville, New South Wales, Australia, 1935-1965
The 21 North American model Indians comprise two groups, 12 hollow-cast lead ones made by Britains Ltd and another 8 by an unknown manufacturer. The 12 made by Britains include both foot and mounted Indians and comprise:
Four North American Indian chiefs mounted on horseback each carrying a tomahawk. The horses they are riding have their tails flying out. A later version of this model was made with the tails down and moulded into the body of the horses to minimise breakage. Of all the horses produced by Britain's, these ones were made in the fastest galloping position and appear to be almost leaving the ground. So much so, that they required an added base on one hoof to stand upright. Two of the chiefs are on brown horses with dark green leggings, green shirts and long head dresses, and two are on black horses with blue shirts.
Three North American Indian braves are standing with rifles on guard in a curiously disciplined and regimented manner. One brave has red leggings, a single feather in his hair and a bare chest. The two other models are similar except one has yellow leggings and the other blue. Red, yellow and blue were the usual three-colour variations used by Britain's model painters.
Two North American Indian braves are represented each crawling with a knife. One has red leggings, a gold headdress and bare chest and the other is similar except he has blue leggings. This particular model is said to be a second grade paint version.
Two North American Indians crouching with a knife and a tomahawk. One wears a brown shirt, blue leggings and gold headdress while the other is the same with yellow leggings.
One North American Indian standing with a tomahawk wearing a green shirt, brown leggings and a gold head dress.
The eight other lead Indians made by an unknown manufacturer comprise a mounted brave on a black horse with a pistol, three running braves carrying shields and brandishing hatchets, a brown bear, two large trees and two smaller trees. These figures are much less three-dimensional in appearance than the Britain's Indians and stand on six-sided, green painted bases.