About EW Baylis & Sons
The figures are based on the model railway “O” gauge and the old B scale of toy soldiers. The figures are 42mm or 1 ⅔ inches tall and have been based on much historical research. The mix of figures in each box has been carefully chosen to allow the arm chair general and collector recreate units that reflect the period. Each figure is cast as single piece with some of the protruding details being shortened to reduce the chance of breakage. E W Baylis and Sons Intend to manufacture a complete range of figures covering the Seven Year War in North America and later the globe.
The figures are cast in white metal which is a tin-based alloy. Figures are made by pouring hot liquid white metal into a mould that is then spun. This process takes a great deal of time, skill and experience to produce a crisp figure. To ensure the very best quality, moulds have to be periodically replaced to avoid deterioration over time.
E W Baylis have a team of skilled painters. Each figure is unique and small variations are to be expected and enjoyed. They are painted in a manner sympathetic to their toy heritage using solid colours and a restricted pallet. The figures have a gloss finish and a green painted, solid metal base to aid placement on a flat surface. These are not “connoisseur” figures, they are toy soldiers to enjoy as a gift, collect and used in dioramas.
Although toys we recommend that the figures are not suitable for persons under 14 years of age.
The Baylis Family
The Baylis family have lived in the South West of Britain for generations. Their story mirrors the industrial history of the country. Before the Industrial Revolution the family lived around the agricultural priory town of Malmesbury. With the coming of the Industrial Revolution the family was sucked into the industrial powerhouse that was South Wales. King Coal and Steel dominated the economy. Our company’s founder is Edward Baylis. His grandfather was a wheelwright a trade he passed onto his son. Ivor Baylis. Ivor, Edward’s father, moved with the times trading horse for horsepower he became a motor engineer. Edward also had a passion for engineering; to automotive engineering he added electrical engineering, (being involved with planning many major power schemes in his native South Wales) and repair of mechanical musical instruments, becoming one of Britain’s leading restorers of player piano’s. As the final flames of the industrial revolution faded Edward’s children had to relocate back to England and train to work in Britain’s post industrial economy.
E W Baylis & Sons acknowledges the proud manufacturing heritage of Britain and honours this by manufacturing a British product based on these traditions.