I found this link to a fascinating page with information on old German toy soldier manufacturers etc-
Be prepared to lose yourself for ages in the fascinating detail, including old catalogues.
As many of you know my forebears on both sides came over from German around 1900 ( there is a Mackay bit of the genes too in terms of Granny ) and I am fascinated by the German toy soldier scene that they would have known in their youth over there. I wonder how prevalent home casting was as a hobby , if it represented a particular demographic. Where do manufacturers like Hyde come in ? I am fascinated by the position of this homecasting scene in hobby and family life. Was it something you did with dad in the garden ? Did you just melt metal with friends or brothers? As Schneider for example make moulds for charms and civilian, animals etc I assume girls were into homecasting too. Lots of questions, any thoughts folks?