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British Tin Toys : Including an A-Z of British Toy Makers


Author: Marguerite Fawdry
Publication date: January 1990
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Written by entrepreneur and founder of Pollocks Toy Museum in London, Marguerite Fawdry, British Tin Toys details the history of tinplate toys and trains made in England. It provides an alphabetical listing of British metal toy manufacturers, from Abrahams to Zebra Toys.

Over the course of 240 pages, Fawdry combines her insight with a slew of archive material that results in a comprehensive reference guide for anyone interested in the collection and history of British toys. More than 480 colour and black & white illustrations, photos, and figures are included. Fawdry’s writing style is accessible and articulate, showcasing her passion for the source material.

British Tin Toys also includes several appendices that cover significant manufacturers, including Barringer, Chad Valley, and Mettoy. In addition to a colour gallery of some of the classic toys made in Great Britain, facsimiles of several rare British toy makers’ catalogues — including Burnetts, Wells, and Wells-Brimtoy — are featured.

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