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Imperial Productions

Traditional Style Toy Soldiers

P.O. Box 94, Greytown, 5742
NEW ZEALAND
Telephone: +64 (0)6 304 9625
email: office@imperialproductions.co.nz

SERIES HISTORIES

 

Napoleonic Wars

Many are the famous battles fought in the era of Emperor Napoleon's 1st Empire of France. From Marengo 1808 to Waterloo 1815, his 'grande armee' battled the various coalitions of Europe's monarchies.

This series presents the famous personalities and regiments of the Napoleonic Wars.

Te Maori Series

In this series of eight figures we show New Zealand Maori in traditional costume at the contact era with European colonists, around 1840. Their cloaks include those of colourful bird feathers, dog skin, and taniko/woven flax. Their faces are decorated with moko/tattoo designs. References for these figures were sourced from contemporary published prints and journals, and items within New Zealand museums.

Civilians 1st Empire Series

The costumes represented in this series are those of the French 1st Empire, from Napoleon's coronation as Emperor in 1804 until 1815. Napoleon himself was keen that the prestigous French fashion industry influenced the world. For this series we sourced references from French and English fashion plates and illustrations of the era.

Sudan War

In the Sudan in 1881, the 'Mahdi', a religious leader began a rebellion against Egyptian rule. At this time Egypt was effectively a protectorate of Britain who sent forces to aid the Egyptians. Following several defeats the Anglo-Egyptian forces withdrew from the Sudan. Then in 1896 began the re-conquest of the Sudan culminating in the Anglo-Egyptian armies defeat of the 'Mahdist' army at the battle of Omdurman, 1898.

Crimean War

In 1854 Britain and France declared war on Russia, and invaded the Crimea. There followed the battles of the Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, and the siege of Sevastapol, the heroism and tragedy of each, recorded in contemporary prints, paintings and literature, and still today in book and film.

New Zealand Series

A range that records the uniforms and history of those answering the call of King and Country -- to serve in the New Zealand Wars, the Anglo-Boer War, World War I and World War II to the present day New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

Hunting Series

By the beginning of the 19th century, fox hunting in Great Britain had developed into a national pastime, and by the end of the century reached great popular appeal. Many contemporary prints of the Victorian country side illustrate the fox hunt, with the gentlemen in scarlet/'pink' riding coats, white cravats and black cap or top hats. The ladies ride side saddle in their elegant riging habits. All accompanied by an excited pack of fox hounds.

Town & Around

The ‘Town and Around Series’ presents a range of toy figures depicting adults and children at work, leisure, and play in the late Victorian era.

Many of the references for this range have been sourced from photographs, illustrations and fashion plates within the pages of the popular London, Paris and New York magazines of this era.