Saturday 17 June 2023

Toy Soldiers in Art No. 3

Found on Facebook and unfortunately I can't remember which site .

Interesting figures , French 1860's ? , the other chap is studying the rules book I think .



  1. Another beautiful picture Tony! It serves to show how significant toy soldiers were in the lives of so many young boys! Just like now as they are to us!!

  2. The shakos and coats cut to the waist rather than tunics would suggest these are French troops of the 1820s-1830s, not 1860s.

  3. Lovely post, Tony. I agree with arthur1815, the French adopted madder red trousers in 1829, I suspect the French change over to tunics is during the 1850s. The high headless, still wider at the top, makes me think they represent early 1830s? I recently read an article about a newspaper report of the 1880s, there was a joint exercise involving Canadian Militia (British Empire) and United States Militia. While all got on well, the Canadians thought the Americans looked like soldiers out of the Napoleonic wars: with their cut-away coats, wide cross belts, tall hats. (I guess they wore their ceremonial uniforms, see West Point cadets.)

    1. Yes 1830's probably , sadly I tried a search but didn't come up with anything.