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Version 1.0 Updated April 2011. Author: D Brown


  •  Cherilea


  •  Cherilea – Formation and early years
  • Sharna- Ware- Subsidiary of Triang – 1973 ( Aquisition )
  • Dorset Soldiers (Moulds) – 1980’s
  • Marksmen Models (Moulds) – 1990’s


  •  Prolific


  •  England(Northwest)


  •  Lead
  • Plastic


  •  1940’s to 1978 then moulds sold on to various companies

Key People:

  •  Wilf Cherington
  • Mr Leaver
  • Ally Gee ( See Timpo )


  •  Lead
    •  Toy Soldiers
    • Animals,
    • Farm vehicles
    • Scenery
  •  Plastic
    •  Toy Soldiers
    • Animals
    • Farm
    • Other toys
    • Novelty toys
    • Action Man Toys
    • Sc-Fi Toys , Dr Who

Figure Types:

  •  Hollow cast
  • Solid lead
  • Solid plastic


  • Cherilea
  • Flexi-Toys


  •  30mm
  • 40mm
  • 50/52mm
  • 54mm
  • 60mm
  • 70mm
  • 120mm

 Other Information:

  •  Medieval
  • Cowboys- Various scale
  • Indians- various scale
  • Backwoodsmen
  • Guardsmen- Various scale
  • Khaki Infantry
  • Spacemen
  • Robin Hood
  • Highlanders
  • Foreign legion
  • Arabs
  • Modern Infantry
  • 30mm Mounted Figures
  • 40mm Mounted Figures
  • 54mm Mounted Figures
  • 60mm Mounted figures
  • 60mm one piece mounted
  • Egyptians
  • Nubians
  • Romans
  • Vikings
  • Anglo Saxons
  • Medieval Knights
  • English Civil War
  • Elizabethans
  • Execution Set
  • HighlandClansmen
  • Victorians
  • Zulus
  • Saloon Set
  • Bullfight set
  • US Cavalry
  • Canadian Mounties
  • Life Guards
  • Highlanders
  • 8th Army WW2
  • British Army WW2
  • German Infantry WW2
  • Russians
  • Indian army ( Hindu )
  • Chinese/Koreans
  • Kings African Rifles
  • United Nations Troops

References Sources:

Plastic Warrior - Cherilea Special


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  5. Valinda Wells says:

    Hi David,
    I’m a 49 yr old American woman living in colourful San Antonio, where I found an intriguing Cherilea mounted knight at an estate sale today. I was curious about its history,but found little online to help me date it. I thought you might have some idea about it, or at least know where I should look.
    It consists of a (probably) solid metal knight in golden armour accented with red, with a removable golden shield and helmet, and a base metal lance that may not be the original. His mount is black with white hooves, caparisoned in blue and white diagonal stripes, with golden face,neck and chest armour and saddle. There was no box, and the paint on the horse is chipped on his legs.
    His prior owner collected dolls and trinkets from around the world, many of these items from the 1940’s or earlier. Ideally, I’d like to know approximately when this gallant was made, and if he was sold individually or as part of a set, even where they were sold. Any ideas you or your readers might have would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Cool website, by the way. I’ve enjoyed browsing it. …Valinda

  6. Victor Southern says:

    I worked at Cherilea in Blackpool during the latter part of 1951 until May 1952 when I entered the army age 18. I was a metal caster – one of those who actually cast the models.
    You worked your way up from small solid figurines – accessories for model railways – through smaller hollow-cast models. Pay was on piece-work, per gross but per dozen for the larger knights and such as the Queen mounted and in uniform as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

    The chief caster, who made the higher value models – mounted knights and the like – was a Pole called Jan who had served in the Air Force during the war. I do not recall his surname.

    The owner had a wooden leg, presumably lost in war or in an accident and the business appeared to be jointly owned by him, Wilf Cherington and the engraver, whose name I also forget..

    The models were all trimmed for any flashing [from worn dies] and then sent up to the upper floor where ladies painted them all. I was only 17/18 and they were a ribald and outspoken lot who often made me blush.

    I used to make mostly the mid-sized army figures and could cast one very 6 seconds, so producing a gross – 144 – in about 2 and a half minutes. Only Jan could reach that rate. At other times I made the farm or zoo animals.

    The “lead” was a mixture of lead, tin and antimony. Each caster had his own crucible and exhaust chimney for fumes.

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