Military toy soldier on: Yenke Peddler antiques


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Happy Veterans Day to all who have served in our armed forces! Armistice Day was christened on November 11, 1919 – the first anniversary of the end of World War I. A national holiday was then declared in 1938 to honor all living and deceased members of the United States military.

Today, the celebration includes a federal holiday, with special compensation for veterans’ proof of service. This could include a free meal from a limited menu sourced from places like Applebee’s, Bakers Square, Bob Evans, Max and Ermas, Macaroni Grill, Mission BBQ, O’Charlies and many more. We are grateful to companies that show their appreciation to vets!

Collecting toy soldiers may seem like a health hazard today, but well maintained and displayed, they are dimensional art pieces. The most common are the hollow figures made first by Wm. Bretagne. They were and still are called “Brittany”. These mass-produced emissaries were perfectly modeled and painted and were sold as a box set – a real regiment!

In the 1960s, concerns about lead led to their removal. An American method called Authenticast offered a safer but realistic toy. Plastics were soon to follow from the famous Marx company. Britains Deetail reappeared in the 1970s, offering exquisite detail and refinement.

Today, the first tin soldiers are the most valuable. Condition is everything in this area. Rank and uniforms matter too, as do manufacturers.

The animated film “Toy Story” brought toy soldiers to life! What an incredible deployment.

Hi Brenda,

My relatives have this photo – from World War I, I was told. There is water damage on the carpet. Within that tangled area is a wonderful quote: “Those who just stand and wait also serve.” It has a copyrighted symbol in the name. An idea of ​​value?


Hi Jessie,

This picture is worth a thousand words… really! It’s a beautiful quote that comes from John Milton’s sonnets, dating back to the 1600s. It was included in the 1919 Pictorial Review, emphasizing the effect of the war on the nation as a whole. On a positive note, the Roaring Twenties echoed the flamboyant attitude and sartorial style, sort of a makeover. The carpet could be replaced, keeping the original impression. The value would be $ 75 as is.

If you have an item to review, send a clear image with the history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and information requests for Brenda to review To [email protected].


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