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The Hunt in full cry
Title : The Hunt in full cry The Hunt in full cry
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Creator : Britains ltd
Format : Toy
Dimensions : 17 - 80 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Valmai Hankel
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Description :

Galloping huntsmen and huntswomen, running hounds and the fox are part of Britains' hunting set 'Full cry' which was originally produced in 1926 and proved popular for many years. The company also produced 'The meet' with standing and mounted figures.

Britains Ltd was founded in 1845 by William Britain. His family all helped with the business and William junior developed the hollow-cast method of production in the 1890s. Initially the business produced toy soldiers. These were highly accurate in their depiction of the regiments and all were hand-painted to obtain the detail required by William. Following World War One the company also began producing 'peace toys' including farm yard sets, zoos and the hunting series.

Period : 1939-1945
Further reading :

Gardiner, Gordon The all-colour directory of metal toys: a pictorial guide to the art of collecting international playthings Sydney: Lansdowne, c1984

Opie, James Britains toy soldiers, 1893-1932 London: V. Gollancz, 1985

Fawdry, Marguerite British tin toys: including an A-Z of British metal toy makers London: New Cavendish Books, 1990

King, Constance Eileen The encyclopedia of toys Adelaide: Rigby, 1978

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