The Metal Toy Soldiers of Wm. Hocker, Proprietor


Here are represented two Victorian campaigns in Africa that reveal the organizational skill of British commanders in hostile and unknown terrain. Emperor Theodore of Abyssinia, piqued by British disinterest in his remote empire, imprisons a British Envoy and other Europeans. In 1868 a column under Robert Napier, extensively outfitted, superbly organized, marches to Theodore's capital at Magdala. Defeated in his initial attack on the British, Theodore releases the hostages, but unappeased, the British storm and destroy the citadel, leaving Theodore dead before returning home.

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7033rd Regiment with Colors
8 pieces
$190$171
7145th Regiment
8 pieces
$180$162
723rd Bombay Light Cavalry
5 pieces
$180$162
73Artillery Train 8 in. Mortar
10 pieces
$300
74Naval Brigade Rocket Battery
10 pieces
$190$171
75Abyssinian Warriors
8 pieces
$180$162

In 1874, raids by the aggressive inland Ashanti on West African coastal trading colonies demand punishment. Garnet Wolseley executes a thoroughly organized campaign. After several jungle skirmishes and battles, the Ashanti retreat to fight another day. The British enter and destroy the deserted Ashanti capital of Kumasee.

7642nd Highlanders
8 pieces
$180$162
77Lord Gifford's Scouts
8 pieces
$180
78Rait's Houssa Artillery
11 pieces
$190
79Band of the 2nd West India Regiment
16 pieces
$360$324
80Fanti Transport Column
10 pieces
$190
81Ashanti Warriors
8 pieces
$180$162

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