Adventures in Early Wargaming of the Keef Family
Sorry Archduke Piccolo - pressed the wrong button and accidentally deleted the content of your comment (didn't even know I could do this).Piccolo's comment:Some interesting features among these soldiery. Considering their age, they are in surprisingly good nick. So good in fact that one would be sorely tempted to refurb them up to their former glory! The green-and-black trousers of some of these guys is an intriguing colour scheme. One would hesitate to call it an attempted camo scheme, given the red coats. A depiction of the Highland Light Infantry, perhaps? Piccolo - It is one of the Highland Regiments. Remember quite a few of the figures were paint conversions of Franco Prussian War figures.As such they would be worth less than originals - in general you're better off leaving original paint on rather than repainting, however little paint is left. So not so valuable but probably a lot more interesting. You can just see in some of the pictures of the figures in their trays that some of them have the unit they belong to painted on the base.
Good to see the figures in the photos.As one who is becoming more and more appreciative of Heyde,Allegeyer,Spenkuch style figures of late I have a question.How available were these German manufacturer's figures in britain in th e19th Century.How did they compare in price then to Britains for example?
I think very many were exportesd into Britain. I don't know about cost, but there is mention in another family source of many of the figures (demi rondes) being Franco Prussian War figures "bought cheaply" in 1872 or 1873. The flats which are in the collection (and form part of "the enemy") were later additions. I haven't used any pictures of them, but there are also later more modern figures which must have been added later, although probably not by Patrick Keef who only took over the collection in 1939, unless he had a separate collection of his own and merged them together. (He stated that he did not remember the soldiers coming out for battles after 1910 and that they were put away during the Great War). These later figures include 1914 British, including Vickers Clyno motorcycle combination, and some 1917/8 type flats including a British WW1 bomb thrower. There is also a parachutist who must be later still. Perhaps a reader with more expertise on the toy soldier side will comment.
Lovely lovely stuff. I think the majority of the figures seem to be the German maker Allgeyer,but without examining them,the bearskins look to have been added after purchase? Probably trying to British-fy Prussian figures,along with the repaint.This is all very inspiring.