Winston Churchill’s toy soldier collection
Winston Churchill’s toy soldier collection was 1,500 figures strong. Some of the collection is currently on display at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms in London. Career
Churchill was the prime minister of the UK between 1940 and 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
After passing out of Sandhurst in 1895, Churchill saw active service as a cavalry officer in Cuba, India and Egypt.
At the beginning of world war one he briefly held the post of First Lord of the Admiralty and also commanded a battalion on the western front.
As a boy Churchill collected toy soldiers. He had around 1,500 Napoleonic era figures and would play with them at his family home, Blenheim Palace.
Upon seeing his toy soldiers lined up for battle, Churchill’s father once asked him if he would like to join the army one day. Churchill indicated that he would.
Figures on display
The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms in London contains 44 cavalry and 53 foot soldiers believed to have been owned by Churchill. The maker of the 48mm lead figures has not been identified although they are thought to come from Germany.
A collection of 780 toy soldiers made by French company Lucotte is currently on display at Blenheim Palace. These are said to be soldiers owned by artist and friend of Churchill, Paul Maze.
A number of figures have been made of Churchill, including a 7cm composition by Belgian manufacturer Durso.
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