I paid about £1 in 1967 for the box and still have it.
It is worth at least £500.' By being boxed, a set fetches double what it would without one.
'The first you know about it is when you pick the figure up and the head falls off.' If a soldier is discovered to be suffering from lead rot, it must be immediately quarantined to ensure others are not infected.
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The earliest soldiers were beautifully hand-painted and fascinating pieces of history, often reflecting war campaigns of the era.' When the second Boer War began in 1899, the Britain company began churning out toy soldiers for propaganda and not just as toys.
Along with any made before the 20th Century, they are known as 'ancients' and sets of nine in a box can cost £2,000 to £4,000.
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Small military models have been found in the tombs of the pharaohs, but it was only in the late 19th Century that their appeal took off.
This was in 1893 when William Britain invented the first hollowed-out, lead-alloy toy soldier for Victorian children.
Unusual and rare figures are particularly sought after as are those celebrating the pomp and ceremony of the British Empire.