Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 23 – Victorian Paper Soldier Scraps

A dashing cavalry figure! With disturbingly, two heads …
More dashing Victorian cavalry – paper scraps
18th Bengal Infantry – Victorian paper scrap.

Not sure how accurate these (German printed?) uniform scraps are. They are however  certainly excellent for the spirit of painting toy soldiers and imperial swagger and pride they represent.

Royal Artillery and Grenadier Guards – Victorian paper scraps.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, Advent Calendar Day 23, 23 December 2018



4 thoughts on “Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 23 – Victorian Paper Soldier Scraps”

  1. Like you, I love these vintage illustrations. There’s a real sense of artistry about them and one can sense the time and skill that has gone into each one. As for the accuracy, there’s definitely a little artistic licence – the Grenadier Guards for example have a white plume on the left of the bearskin, not a red one.

    That head – Looks like he may have accidentally lopped it off given his alarmed expression!


    1. The uniform inaccuracies are probably the German artist / printers. German made toy soldiers of British or Imperial regiments were equally spirited but inaccurate. The colour tones and printing process are impressive for late Victorian period though.

      The stray head (!) looks like “we rescued Carruthers ( or part of him), we brought (part of ) him back.” A VSF version would rebuild a bionick / Steampunk body.

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  2. I have seen room dividing screens in National Trust properties awash with scraps but none as splendid as these. I think I saw ne military scraps in a danish museum for sale a few years ago.


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