These stylish guardsman arrived at Christmas in the company of this simple cannon. The cannon is wooden but with attractively simple metal wheels.
They are handmade, possibly using a lathe in places but also curiously and crudely carved on the body.
They look almost well padded or as a comedian like Max Miller would say “like a roll top desk, all front.” Very odd.
Tucked in with the package from the Etsy vintage trader was a little threebie or freebie in the form of these vintage matching puzzles of jobs and uniforms in bright 1960s / 70s colours.
The round little disk base can be seen on illustrations of toy soldiers featured here recently in this poem:
And this sheet music parade of toy soldiers shows this simple base.