1 [Toy soldiers]
This display of unusual toy soldiers consists of the following
order of march:
The West Point Military Academy Cadet Color Party, including the
West Point Corps and U.S. Army Flags (5 pieces).
Cavalry of Napoleons Grand Armée 1812 Imperial Guard
Bengal Lancer Regiment Cavalry (3 pieces).
Indian Army Elephant Gun (4 pieces).
Lagos Haussas 1874 Infantry (8 pieces).
British Camel Corps (3 pieces).
The display contains 29 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of
Opposite Page: Point Corps and U.S. Army Flags.
2 [Toy soldiers]
The Nassau Police Regiment Marching Band is one of rarest sets
made by the British toy manufacturer, Britains Ltd. It leads a
parade of British infantry regiments from the famous [Malcolm]
Forbes Museum of Military Miniatures (Tangier, Morocco) recently
acquired at auction from Christies New York.
The Band of 28 pieces in white tunics and helmets is led by a band
master and a decorated drum major. The infantry or foot regiments
totaling 49 pieces are led by the Royal Fusiliers, City of London
Regiment (the 7th Foot) marching at slope arms with an officer and
Queens Color, followed by the Band of the Artists Rifles
Regiment, the Rifle Brigade, the Queens Westminster Rifles
Regiment and the Duke of Cornwalls Regiment. The Forbes pieces
were made by H. Pestana, an obscure but gifted toy soldier maker.
Malcolm Forbes apparently acquired the bulk of the sets by Pestana
for his museum.
The 77 figures in this display measure 54mm each and are on a
scale of 1:32.
3 [Toy soldiers]
The regimental drum horses of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots
Greys), 17th Lancers, and 3rd Hussar Cavalry Regiments lead a parade
of Household Cavalry Life Guards Regiment (drum horse, trumpeters,
mounted band, and troops).
The display contains 20 pieces measuring 5.44mm each on a scale of
4 [Toy soldiers]
The British Imperial Army in a parade review by Queen Victoria is
depicted in three displays: infantry (foot) regiments, heavy cavalry
regiments, and light cavalry regiments.
The first display is a parade of heavy cavalry regiments led by
the 5th Dragoon Guards (8 pieces), followed by the 1st Royal
Dragoons (8 pieces), the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carbiniers, 8 pieces),
the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys, 8 pieces), the 2nd Life Guards
(8 pieces), and lastly the 1st Life Guards in 1837 uniforms (8
pieces). A reviewing party is comprised of Queen Victoria, three
general officers, her valet and an honor guard of the 16th Lancer
Regiment dismounted (11 pieces).
The display contains 59 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of
The second display is a parade of infantry (foot) regiments in
brilliant red tunics led off by a color party of the Scots Guards (4
pieces), followed by the Band of the Coldstream Guards (34 pieces),
a color party and troops of the Welsh Guards (12 pieces), a color
party of the Duke of Wellingtons regiment, the 33rd foot (4
pieces), the York and Lancaster Regiment, the 65th foot (20 pieces),
then a formation of three regiments with Queens colors, the
Northumberland Fusiliers or the Irish Regiment, the 5th
Foot (10 pieces), the Buffs, East Kent Regiment, the 3rd Foot (10
pieces), the Royal Engineer Regiment (10 pieces), followed by a
color party, troops, pipes and drums of the Black Watch Royal
Highland Regiment, the 42nd Foot (18 pieces), and lastly, a color
party and troops of the Highland Light Infantry regiment, the 71st
Foot (17 pieces).
The display contains 151 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of
The third display is a parade of light cavalry regiments led by
the five regiments which constituted the famous Light Brigade
in 1854 (the 17th Lancers, the 8th and 11th Hussars, and the 4th and
13th Light Dragoons, 25 pieces). These are followed by three lancer
regiments in foreign service uniforms: the 17th Lancers (the Duke of
Cambridges Own Regiment in blue tunics, 8 pieces), the 21st
Lancers (the Empress of Indias Regiment in khaki tunics, 8
pieces), and the 16th Lancers (the Queens Lancers in red
tunics, 8 pieces). The last formation is Hussar regiments led by a
trumpeter on a white mount consisting of the 4th, 11th, and 13th
Hussars and the Middlesex Yeomanry Regiment (17 pieces).
The display contains 71 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of
5 [Toy soldiers]
The first display is the French Imperial Grand Armée
in review by Emperor Napoleon. The order of march: the parade is led
off by five ranks of line infantry and grenadier regiments led by an
eagle standard bearer (31 pieces), followed by the Marine Fusiliers
of the Guard (18 pieces), the 8th regiment of the Line (20 pieces),
the Imperial Guard (47 pieces) and lastly, mounted officers with
battle standards and trumpeters of seven cavalry regiments (14
pieces). A reviewing party is comprised of the Emperor Napoleon,
four staff officers and an honor guard of dismounted Polish Lancers
The display contains 141 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of
The second display is a parade of regiments of all nations. The
order of march is led off by an officer and three ranks of French
Army Infantry of the Line in blue great coats and full packs wearing
red, blue, and white kepis, the later representing the French
Foreign Legion (25 pieces). Following are ranks of the Gurkha rifles
(8 pieces) and Sudanese Infantry marching at trail arms (8 pieces);
Egyptian Infantry at attention (8 pieces), and the Kings
African Rifles marching with fixed bayonets, both with red Fezs (8
pieces); Italian Carabinieri led by an officer (7 pieces) and Greek
Evzones Light Infantry wearing their distinctive Fustanella
uniforms (8 pieces); and then Bedouin Arab Infantry in red, blue and
yellow robes (8 pieces) and Abyssinian Infantry with their unusual
long rifles (8 pieces). Following are Indian Army cavalry lancer
regiments of Skinners Horse - the Bengal Lancers and the
1st Bombay Lancers, both led by trumpeters on white
mounts (10 pieces), then Egyptian and Turkish cavalry lancer
regiments led by officers on white mounts (10 pieces) and finally
the Egyptian Camel Corps (4 pieces).
The display contains 112 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of
The third display shows a Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) six horse
gun team galloping into action led by a mounted officer, with
members of the gun team handling and riding on the horses and riding
on the limber and gun. They are accompanied by an escort of 17th
Lancers at the full gallop. Five artillery pieces and crews are
shown in prepared firing positions and include a Marine Gatling gun,
a RHA 13 pounder, a 7.7 cm field cannon, two 4.5 field Howitzers and
a gun control team and commanding officer.
The display contains 50 pieces measuring 54mm each on a scale of