I Have Them... ALL!
A benchmark should not go unnoticed so once again I interrupt my series
of band instruments to bring you this moment in my personal collecting
history on bands. As the saying goes -"I have them all!" Yes,
after 24 years I have collected all the hollow cast bands Britains
made between 1946 (the year I was nine & the beginning of the new
line) to 1965 the last year of hollow cast production. Excluding special
production sets and unlisted larger sets. The biggest year for renumbered
and new sets was 1956 when ten bands were new or reissued. The last issue
of hollow cast figures came in 1965 and contained a band in the changing
of the guard set 1555/9424 reissued number and was a two tiered wooden
box set containing 81 items inside there was a 21 piece band of guards.
I obtained this mint in the box set from the original owner back in 2002,
who told me he hated the set because his father would only get it out
for Christmas and set it on the dining room table for him to look at not
play with. What a grinch he was!
I have chosen three sets for this article that have significance to the
Britains collector, they are the 1960 version of the unlisted Bahamas
Police Band set 2185/86 which came in two sizes 15 pieces and 28 pieces
and the 1954 hard to find set 2093 Band of the Royal Berkshire Regiment
25 pcs. The third set is a one of a kind Custom Factory repaint for a
client in Toronto Ontario by Eaton's Dept. Stores. The order sheet lists
the set as 9154SP Fort Henry Guard Fife & Drums 18 piece plastic drums
with decals in which all 12 fifer jackets had extra detailing applied
as well as drummers.
I have at the present time 24 hollow cast Britains sets, 2 from childhood
early forties with boxes that are not bands, one from the new Britains
collection 2002 mounted band and 21 that I have collected since 1980,
four are mint boxed, 8 are boxed in varying condition and nine are without
original boxes. The condition of the figures runs from good to near mint
other than those still tied in the box like set 101 Mounted band of the
Life Guards which I acquired back in 1980. Most sets come from two sources
auctions which I have attended or bid on line and purchasing mini-collections
from the original owners mainly in Canada.
My list of bands consists of the following numerically :
SET 27 Band
of the line- 12pcs.
SET 30 Drums
& Bugles of the line 5 pcs.
SET 37 Coldstream
Band of the Life guards mounted 12 pcs.
SET 1291 Band of the
Royal Marines 12 pcs.
SET 1301 USA Military band
SET 1527 R.A.F. Band
SET 1555 Changing of
the Guard 81 pcs.
SET 1720 Band of the
Royal Scots Greys mounted 7 pcs.
SET 1722 Pipes and Drums
of the Scots Guard 20 pcs.
SET 2090 Band of the
Royal Berkshire Regiment 25 pcs. (shown)
SET 2096 Pipes and drums
of the Irish Guard 12 pcs.
SET 2110 US. Military
band yellow jackets 25 pcs.
SET 2113 Grenadier guards
SET 2112 US. Marine
corp band - summer dress 24 pcs.
SET 2014 US. Marine
corp band winter dress 21 pcs.
SET 2117 US. Military
band steel helmets 12 pcs.
SET 2153 Band of the
Royal Marines plastic drums 12 pcs.
SET 2185//86 Bahamas Police band 24 pcs. (shown)
SET 9154SP Fort Henry Guard fifes & drums
custom 18 pcs. (shown)
It is my hope that this collection will be sold in total to private or
public museum who will retain my name as the collector.
Remember as always, the fun is in the search!
Henry Guard Fife & Drums
Bahamas Police Band set 2185/86
Band of the Royal Berkshire Regiment
The original owner
told me he hated the
set because his father
would only get it out
for Christmas and
set it on the dining
room table for him to
look at not play with.
What a grinch he was!