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19TH CENTURY PAPER SOLDIER SETS – LARGE SELECTION OF McLOUGHLIN BROS CHROMOLITHOGRAPH MILITARY FIGURES IN VERY GOOD CONDITION:  Obtained recently from an old family estate, this is a large selection of sets of McLoughlin Brothers, Inc. chromolithograph paper soldiers that have survived in remarkable condition and from what I am able to determine, are for the most part complete within each set.  All of these sets were produced in the late 19TH Century.  Due to the fragile nature of the paper figures in a child’s hands, it is hard to imagine that very many of these sets survived intact, and they are in fact, quite collectable today. 

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries advancements in technology made the printing process more efficient and publishers began to produce paper toys in mass quantities. Play sets, dolls, dollhouse furniture, game boards, and toy soldiers appeared in paper form, which were less expensive and more portable alternatives to their three-dimensional counterparts.  Toy makers, including McLoughlin Brothers, Milton Bradley, and Parker Brothers, produced boxed sets of paper soldiers on cardboard backings that represented troops from various American and European wars.  Typically printed using a process called chromolithography, paper toys had bright, attractive colors that appealed to children and to their parents. 

The sets of soldiers were marketed in boxed sets bearing such names on the box covers such as “Merry War,” “Forward March!” and “Spear-Em.”   The soldiers were uniformed with meticulous detail and included representations of history’s best-known armies covering the period from the American Revolution through World War Two when the sets fell from popularity in favor of more modern toys.  Many of the box labels predicted that the sets were “sure to bring joy into the play of every child.” and some suggested proper regimental arrangements, “The soldiers should be about two inches apart, six in a row, with the captain in the lead”. Toy pistols, rifles and cannons that shoot balls or dowels were sometimes included, so the child could reenact the battle.  The boxes shown here are solely for illustrating how these sets were packaged and marketed.  The sets I have for sale do not have the boxes as the entire collection was loose when I purchased it. 

Due to this sort of play activity, many of the paper figures did not hold up well; the soldiers’ necks and weapons were especially likely to snap, but the sets offered here must have been well cared for as they have survived in very good to excellent condition with little sign of wear or damage.  There are a few figures that exhibit some minor scuffing due to handling or some sword, bayonet or rifle tips that have been bent, they are in the vast minority and the effects are minor when the pieces are displayed.  

Each set is individually described below with accompanying photographs including enlarged photos of each individual type of figure included in the set, and one photo of the entire set.  I have some duplicates of sets and that too, is noted in each description where applicable. ALL SETS HAVE SOLD

 

NO. 1  BRITISH MOUNTED CAVALRY UNIT:  Figures measure 7” tall and the set pictured consists of one officer, one trumpeter and nine enlisted men.  SOLD

I have a second set with the officer, the trumpeter and eight enlisted men SOLD

 

NO. 2  MARCHING BAND:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set pictured consists of one drum major, two bass drummers, five snare drummers, two with cymbals, and six with fifes.  SOLD

I have a second set with one drum major, two bass drummers, five snare drummers, two with cymbals, and six with fifes.  SOLD

I have a third set with one drum major, one bass drummer, five snare drummers, one with cymbals, and 7 with fifes.  SOLD

 

NO. 3   SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS UNIT:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, and ten enlisted men.  SOLD

 

NO. 4   BRITISH INFANTRY UNIT WITH BEAR SKIN HELMETS:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one non-commissioned officer, and nine enlisted men.  SOLD

I have three more sets with the non-commissioned officer and nine enlisted men. SOLD

I have one set with eight enlisted men. SOLD

 

NO. 5  WEST POINT CADETS:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one cadet officer, and eight cadets.  SOLD

 

NO. 6  SCOTTISH INFANTRY UNIT:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, and thirteen enlisted men.  SOLD

 

NO. 7  FRENCH ZOUAVE INFANTRY UNIT MARCHING:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, and eleven enlisted men.  SOLD

 

NO. 8  FRENCH ZOUAVE INFANTRY UNIT AT PORT ARMS:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, and eleven enlisted men.  SOLD

I have a second set with one officer, and eleven enlisted men.  SOLD

 

NO. 9   FRENCH ZOUAVE INFANTRY UNIT KNEELING:  Figures measure – the officer is 5” tall and the enlisted men are 3 ˝” tall.  The set consists of one officer, and nine enlisted men.  SOLD

I have a second set with one officer, and nine enlisted men.  SOLD

I have a third set with one officer, and eight enlisted men.  SOLD

 

NO. 10  FRENCH ZOUAVE INFANTRY UNIT CHARGING:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, one trumpeter, and six enlisted men.  SOLD

I have a second set with one officer, one trumpeter, and six enlisted men SOLD

I have a third set with one officer, one trumpeter, and five enlisted men SOLD

 

NO. 11  GERMAN INFANTRY UNIT MARCHING:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, and eleven enlisted men.  SOLD

 

NO. 12  ITALIAN  INFANTRY UNIT MARCHING:  Figures measure 5” tall and the set consists of one officer, and eight enlisted men.  SOLD    

 

NO. 13  AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER:  Figure measure 5” tall and it is a single soldier, but I have two of them SOLD

BRITISH SOLDIER:  Figure measure 5” tall and it is a single soldier.  SOLD

     

 

NO. 14 CANNON BALL STACK:  Figure measure 1 ˝” high and 1 ˝” wide at the base and it is a single piece.  SOLD    

 
 

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