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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

C is for Cavendish (Listing)



Cavendish Miniatures / Cavendish Novelties


EC1, London, UK - Then;
Little Buntings, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4DD

Circa 1950-1976 (Michael Martin)
1976-Circa 1995 (Tony Kite)
Originally a London based company owned/run by Michael Martin, the name and assets were bought by Tony Kite in 1976. He had been running the souvenir shop outside Windsor Castle since 1966 and had stocked Cavendish previously. He seems to have inherited the Kentoys / Kenway Cycles range/stock/moulds (?) soon after. As some plastic moulds wore-out they were replaced/re-tooled for metal production, plastic continued for some time however and around 1996 he found the moulds to a range of Nazi parade figures and personalities of unknown origin and in approximately 1997 began to resurrect the Garrison 54mm moulds. The resin models were probably re-badged to Cavendish, having been bought in via the wholesale/mail-order side of his business. In the same way he ‘inherited’ the tail-end of the Britains ‘Eye’s Right’ range factory stock and some Timpo and Lone*Star castings/moulds along with the remaining stock of Crescent's Silver Jubilee Coach.

Known Listings (loose and boxed)
Earlier 54mm Plastics (from 1961 list - Stadden designs, all soft ethylene plastic)
Loose Figures
- Lifeguard (standard)
- Lifeguard (sword)
- Lifeguard (trumpet)
- Horseguard (standard)
- Horseguard (sword)
- Horseguard (trumpet)
- Beefeater (integral partisan/pike)
- Queen's Bodyguard [or] Gentleman-at-Arms
- Grenadier 1756 [1st foot Guards] (blue facings - by 1997 called Marlborough’s Men)
- Officer 1756 [1st Foot Guards] (blue facings - by 1997 called Marlborough’s Men)
- 'Royal' Drummer 1756 (by 1997 called ‘Marlborough’s Men)
- Grenadier 1756 [59th Foot] (yellow facings - by 1997 called Marlborough’s Men)
- Officer 1756 [59th Foot] (yellow facings - dropped from lists by 1997)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease)
- Guardsman (marching)
- Guards Officer (short, fat bearskin)
- Guards Officer (tall, slimmer bearskin)
- Guards Officer with Colour-belt (may never have been issued)
- Bandsmen [Euphonium] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Oboe] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Saxophone] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Tuba] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Horn/French Horn] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Trumpet] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Euphonium] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Oboe] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Saxophone] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Tuba] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Horn/French Horn] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Trumpet] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Drum Major of the Coldstream Guards
- Base Drummer of the Coldstream Guards
- King Henry VIII (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Catherine of Aragon (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Anne Boleyn (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Jane Seymour (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Anne of Cleaves (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Catherine Howard (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Catherine Parr (painted and - later - unpainted)

Other/Later 54mm Plastics
- Policeman (walking - Norman Tooth design for and ex-Kentoys)
- Policeman (walking - HK, polystyrene)
- Policeman (directing traffic - George Musgrave design for and ex-Cavendish)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease - Norman Tooth design for and ex-Kentoys)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease - George Musgrave design for and ex-Cavendish)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease - HK, polystyrene)
- Beefeater (separate metal partisan/pike, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate plastic partisan/ pike, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate metal 'Castle', ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate plastic 'Castle', ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate metal executioner's axe, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate plastic executioner's axe, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (partisan/pike, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Beefeater (partisan/pike, 60mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Yeoman Warder (partisan/pike, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Lifeguard (sword, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Lifeguard (trumpet, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Lifeguard (sword, 60mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Horseguard (sword, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Horseguard (sword, 60mm, HK, polystyrene)

Knights (ex-Timpo and Lone*Star solid foot and Timpo Swoppet mounted, carded bag of 3/5 foot and/or 1/2 mounted or similar sized mix of figures, header card artwork by Peter Harris)
- Foot Knights (ex-Lone*Star)
- Foot Knights (ex-Timpo solids)
- Mounted Knights (ex-Timpo 'swoppets')

Known Boxed Sets (Based on 1961 List, Stadden designs)
No.1 - London Set (Beefeater, Policeman, Guardsman - Stadden designs)
No.2 - London Set (Lifeguard, Policeman, Guardsman - Stadden designs)
No.3 - London set (contents unknown)
No.4 - London set (contents unknown)
No.5 - London Set (Five different figures - Stadden designs)
- Beefeater Set (3 Beefeaters -Stadden designs)
- Lifeguard Set (3 figures? - Stadden designs)
- Horseguard set (3 figures? - Stadden designs)
- The queens Bodyguard (Gentleman -at-Arms, Lifeguard, Beefeater)
No.1 - Sentry Set (Beefeater, Guardsman, Lifeguard - Stadden designs)
No.2 - Sentry Set (Policeman, Sentry, Horseguard - Stadden designs)
No.1 - Band Set (contents unknown)
No.2 - Band Set (contents unknown)
No.3 - Band Set (2 bandsmen and Drum Major)
- Mounted Lifeguard (standard)
- Mounted Lifeguard (sword)
- Mounted Lifeguard (trumpet)
- Mounted Horseguard (standard)
- Mounted Horseguard (sword)
- Mounted Horseguard (trumpet)
- Cavalry set (1 mounted and 1 dismounted Lifeguards)
- Cavalry set (1 mounted and 1 dismounted Horseguards)
- The Grenadier Set (4 figures 1751)*
- British Regiments (2 Grenadiers, 1 Officer, 1 'Royal' drummer - Stadden designs)*
- British regiments 1751 (Stadden designs, may be same as above listed set)*
No.515 - Presentation Box (5 figures and Sentry Box; acetate lid)
No.1751 - Presentation Box (4 figures 1751 Grenadiers - same as the 'Grenadier Set' but higher price?)
- King Henry VIII His Wives [and his 6 wives] (7 figures, Stadden designs)
* May all be the same set

Other Boxed Sets
- London Souvenir (Lifeguard trumpeter, Policeman, Beefeater, Guardsman, Horseguard - HK)
- Scots Guards (ex-Britains, 2 mounted officers 1 piper)
- Scots Guards (ex-Britains, officer, drum major, bass drummer, piper)
- Lifeguards (ex-Britains, mounted with Colour, mounted with sword, ensign on foot)
- Yeoman (4xI pose - 2 black-painted as Yeoman Warders ‘Ceremonial Dress’, 2 red-painted as Yeomen of the Guard ‘Everyday/Working Dress’, HK)
- Souvenir Set (Policeman, Lifeguard, Beefeater, Guardsman - HK versions)
- Souvenir Set (4 Cavendish guards bandsmen, assorted)
Souvenir Set's Combinations/Make-ups Seen;
- French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, Saxophone
- Oboe, Tuba, Saxophone, Drum Major

Other Items (Items for which Cavendish were the last/previous holder of stock and or parts)
54mm Plastic
Ex-Britains
- Guards – marching and band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Marines – marching and band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Marines – standing band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Lifeguards mounted band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Highlanders – marching and band (ex-Herald range)
- Lifeguards (ex-Herald range)
- AWI gun-crew (ex-Herald range)

Spare Parts (ex-Britains, all remaining stock sold-on to PTS, 1990's)
- Guards heads (polyethylene, ex-Eyes-right range)
- Saddles. Stirrups, Horse-furniture (PVC)
- Lifeguards Band - Stirrup Reins (PVC)
- Bandsmen’s arms (polyethylene)
- Instruments (die-cast metal, gold finish)
- Instruments (die-cast metal, silver finish)
- Flags, Colours, trumpet-banners (printed paper or printed self-adhesive paper)
- Flags, Colours, trumpet-banners (printed self-adhesive faux-silk)
- Kettle-drum banners (printed paper or printed self-adhesive paper)

Ex-Charbens
- Guardsmen (?)
- Policeman (?)
- Beefeater (?)
- Lifeguard

Ex-Timpo
- Cowboys or Indians on foot (bagged in fours)
- Mounted Indians (bagged in twos)
- Mounted Napoleonic's (ex-Action Pack)
- Indian Canoe
- Cowboys on log
- Guards (now with Toyway)
- Ballista
- Catapult
- Arabs (ex-Action Pack)
- 8th Army (ex-Action Pack)
- Waterloo on foot (ex-Action Pack)
- Eskimos
- Mounted Guards Officer (in tear-drop window-fronted gold box)

120mm Plastic Models
- Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elisabeth II (full colour decoration)
- The Prince Consort, The Duke of Edinburgh (full colour decoration)
- Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elisabeth II (chrome-silver finish)
- The Prince Consort, The Duke of Edinburgh (chrome-silver finish)
- Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elisabeth II (plain cream/white polystyrene, ex-stock)
- The Prince Consort, The Duke of Edinburgh (plain cream/white polystyrene, ex-stock)

120mm Resin Dickens Caricatures (Limited edition)
- Artful Dodger
- Beagle
- Bill Sykes
- David Copperfield
- Fagin
- Little Nell
- Mr. Macawber
- Mr. Pickwick
- Oliver Twist
- Peggoty
- Sam Weller
- Scrooge

32mm Metal Models
- Coronation coach with horses and riders (after Johillco? or Crescent Jubilee Coach - see below listing)

54mm Metal Models
Royal marines (present-day ‘Blues’ uniform)
- Standing at-ease
- Marching with rifle shouldered
- Officer with sword marching
- RSM marching
- Ensign of the Colour marching
- Drum Major marching
- Trombone marching
- Euphonium marching
- Tuba marching
- Cymbals marching
- Cornet marching
- Fife marching
- French horn marching
- Saxophone marching
- Bassoon marching
- Clarinet marching
- Side-drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Guardsmen
- Standing at-ease
- Marching with rifle shouldered
- Officer with sword marching
- RSM marching
- Ensign of the Colour marching
- Drum Major marching
- Trombone marching
- Euphonium marching
- Tuba marching
- Cymbals marching
- Cornet marching
- Fife marching
- French horn marching
- Saxophone marching
- Bassoon marching
- Clarinet marching
- Side drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Black Watch Highlanders
- Officer with sword marching
- Rifle at slope, marching
- Drum Major marching
- Piper marching
- Side drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Cameron Highlanders
- Officer with sword marching
- Rifle at slope, marching
- Drum Major marching
- Piper marching
- Side drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Policemen (ex-plastic moulds)
- Marching
- On Traffic-duty

Household Cavalry (ex-plastic moulds)
- Lifeguard marching with sword
- Horseguard marching with sword

Chelsea Pensioners
- Officer/Gentleman at arms (No.1 Dress style uniform, feathered bi-corn hat)
- Sergeant at arms (blue frock-coat, tri-corn hat)
- Pensioner (red coat with tri-corn hat)
- Pensioner (red coat with pill-box hat/shako)

Personalities
- Beefeater (ex-plastic mould)
- [Henry VIII] (probably 65mm figure listed above)
- [Shakespeare] (probably 65mm figure listed above)
- [John Bull] (probably 65mm figure listed above)
- [Richard the Lionheart] (probably 65mm figure listed above)

British Regiments of 1751 (ex-plastic moulds)
- Grenadier 1st Foot
- Officer 1st Foot
- Gentleman-at-Arms (same as Chelsea Pensioner Officer with different paint?)
- Grenadier 59th Foot
- Officer 59th Foot
- Royal Drummer

German Troops 1933/42, National Socialists (available as sets, singly or unpainted kits, further details needed)
- Adolf Hitler (single figure matt-painted or unpainted kit)
- Herman Goring (single figure matt-painted or unpainted kit)
- German Police band
- German Police Colour Party
- Luftwaffe Band
- Luftwaffe Colour Party (as set with Herman Goring)
- SS/Gestapo Band
- SS/Gestapo Colour Party
- SA/Brown-shirts Band
- SA/Brown-shirts Colour Party (as set, with Hitler)
- Kriegsmarine Band
- Kriegsmarine Colour Party
- Wermacht Band
- Wermacht Colour Party

Knights of the Garter (ex-Garrison, unpainted as metal kits)
- Pose 1
- Pose 2
- Pose 3
- Pose 4
- Pose 5
- Pose 6
- Pose 7

Mounted ‘Blues & Royals' (ex-Garrison, unpainted as metal kits)
- ?

Mounted Life Guards Band (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- ?

Other Ceremonials (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- Queen Elizabeth II, mounted side-saddle
- Life-Guard Band-major on foot
Modern British/Argentinean Soldiers, Falkland Range (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- British Naval Gunner
- British Pilot
- British Soldier
- Argentinean Soldier
- SAS (‘Embassy siege’ gear)

RHA Gun Team (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- Gun with six horses and three riders
- Gun and four gun-crew

Boxed Sets
- Henry VIII and his six wives – 7 figs (ex-plastic moulds)
- Chelsea Pensioners – 4 figs
- British Regiments 1751 – 6 figs (ex-plastic moulds)

Parts Accessories
- Marine Heads
- Peaked-cap Heads

65mm Metal Character Range
- King Richard 1st
- Edward, the Black Prince
- Henry VIII
- Shakespeare
- John Bull

Miscellaneous
- Tower Bridge (Cavendish Novelties - die-casting)

Mixed Media Models - No Specific Scale (around 1:50, Metal/Plastic/PVC)
- Queens Coach (ex-Crescent 1977 Silver Jubilee boxed set)

[This is very much a work in progress and any corrections, details of additional figures/ranges or the old Garrison codes would be greatly appreciated]

Stadden = Charles 'Chas' C. Stadden (sculptor)
HK = Hong Kong manufactured product

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