Toy Soldier Museum (Pennsylvania)

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2015-06-26 10:29:53

The Toy Soldier Museum in Pennsylvania, US contains one of the leading toy soldier collections in the world.

The museum, which opened in 1991, has more than 35,000 figures on show. Most are displayed in historically accurate surroundings, crafted by the owner James Hillestad.

Inspiration

Historian and former Wall Street banker Hillestad began collecting soldiers as a boy and returned to the hobby in 1984.

He has a particular passion for the British colonial era. "I guess I got caught up by those wonderful old epic movies like Gunga Din and Four Feathers," he told Toy Collector.

Collection

A wide range of military scenes are depicted in the museum, including the battles of Yorktown and Vicksburg.

The soldiers are made by more than 35 different manufacturers, including traditional companies Britains and Mignot as well as more modern names such as Alymer, Marlborough and Trophy.

There are also a number of non-military displays, including a railway carriage scene of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, and a polo match in India.

Other displays

The museum also houses more than 70 full-size mannequins in British military attire.

Shop

There is a shop at the museum, selling a number of figures and other militaria.

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