The firm began manufacturing in 1893 and still produces metal figures having just about resisted the trend to plastic figures, even to this day trading on its nostalgic reputation.
BRITAIN'S always sold figures in various qualities and ranges and Scouting was no exception. The first Scout figures were produced in 1910 and may, at that time, have included cheaper version with fixed arms and horizontal short staves. I have original but undated examples in my collection (see opposite) where the staff is made half round with 'inside' surface being flat, which I am sure was an original feature. I also have however a patrol of the same figures with a 1911 date on base, again completely original, but with a slightly longer Scout stave made of circular rod.
The standard height of a Britain's Scout is 60mm, though the fixed-armed variety of Scout was only 55mm tall. Rare examples can be found however (see below) of standard swinging-arm pattern Scout 83mm tall. I have three examples of this rarity, all having a cut away base plate which would appear to be dated 25/4/1911.
Whilst various claims have been made for different colours of shirt etc, the author is yet to be convinced that these were anything other than early repaints by individuals who wanted their models to resemble their own troop, however there is one common variation which is totally authentic. Just as in army uniforms, British Scouts wore khaki and this was replicated by Britains. U.S. Soldiers wore a more olive 'drab' and Scouts in this hue are to be found so commonly that I believe that whilst it may have originally been reserved for 'export only' models, after the Second World War, Scouts in 'drab' were sold in the UK. Britains always had a large U.S. following and, as we shall see later, Britains made a special Scout/Guide issue for it.)