This serves as an update of the author"s successful Collecting Toy Soldiers (Collins, 1987; paperback edition, New Cavendish, 1991). In it James Opie gives the collector the benefit of thirty years experience as the world"s leading authority on traditional toy soldiers (as opposed to model soldiers used in wargaming etc) and a lifetime as a collector himself.
The book combines authoritative advice on all aspects of collecting, including price trends and pitfalls to avoid when buying or selling at auction, with informative and often-musing anecdotes from James" own experiences. This is a completely new book, so even those many who bought the first one should welcome its appearance, as should anyone with an interest in this fascinating hobby.
•Expert advice and entertaining anecdotes from world"s leading expert.
•Guidance on price trends and buying and selling at auction.
•Lavishly illustrated with well over 200 colour photos of the author"s fantastic collection.
•Forward by Sir Max Hastings.
James Opie is the toy soldier consultant to Bonham"s auctioneers and recognised as one of the world"s leading experts on the subject. He has a very significant collection of his own, which he has been building since childhood. For over a quarter of a century, until his recent retirement, James Opie was also editor and buyer for the Military and Aviation Book Society and various other book clubs. He has written seven previous books on various aspects of toy soldier collecting.
Approx 220 colour photographs