The company of Cherilea originated in the mid 1940's in Burnley, England and was formed by Wilf Cherington, a former designer for the noted toy soldier manufacturer John Hill and Co. Like most toy soldier manufacturers of this period he originally produced figures in lead but later moved into plastics in the 1950's. The quality of Cherilea figures can vary a great deal with the earlier stuff being the best. Original figures were sold painted but as this example shows paint adhesion to the polyethylene plastic wasn't good.
Cherilea made figures in a range of scales including 30mm, 40mm, 54mm and the more common 60mm which eventually became their standard size. Earlier examples of the 60mm rectangular base figures have an easily recognizable base-mark - shown here on the left. Later castings (where the mould had been reworked) may not have the mark.This particular figure can be seen at the House on the Hill Toy Museum in Stansted Mountfitchet.
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