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Lead soldiers collection

<p>The collection of lead soldiers has an important place amongst the museum&rsquo;s broad selection of toys and games. &copy;&nbsp;Museu Frederic Mar&egrave;s. Photo: Guillem F-H</p>

The collection of lead soldiers has an important place amongst the museum’s broad selection of toys and games. © Museu Frederic Marès. Photo: Guillem F-H

One of the most popular pastimes in Catalonia during the nineteenth century was playing with lead soldier figurines. In that century and for a good part of the twentieth century there were a great many workshops throughout Europe dedicated to making these small armies. The pieces were not in fact made from lead alone but from a lead, tin and antimony alloy. There were different sizes, the most common being between 20 and 90 millimetres high. With more or less exactitude, they reproduce the various units and battalions of Europe armies and their colonial contemporaries.

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