Taylor & Barrett created a number of A.R.P. related lead figure sets pre-war. The below shows No.213 - Decontamination Squad. The figures are shown in black anti-gas oilskins (during the war the oilskins were a dark green colour) with khaki haversacks and respirators. One figure is using a gas detection stick (a special paper was applied to the bottom and would react with any gas agents it came into contact with), one has a spade for spreading sand and other material to counteract liquid gases, one with rubber hose for cleaning the street, another has sweeping brush and one has a bucket.
The second photo shows a mix of figures from the same series (there are two gas identification sticks in this grouping).
These sets are highly collectible and command high prices at auction, especially those still in the original box.
Here's a lovely survivor. A snakes-and-ladders style board game based around Air Raid Precautions - "A.R.P." The board covers all the various services likely to be involved in an air raid from wardens, ambulances, decontaminations and rescue, etc. The bomber on the cover appears to have been copied from the Fairey Hendon.
Many thanks to Steve Crookes for the image.
These lead figures by W. Britain are highly collectible and should reach a high price when sold at auction by Mallam's (Oxford). This box contains the First Aid & Gas Detection figures plus a couple of stretcher cases. One of the figures figures the wooden rod onto which chemically treated paper was added to then test an area for the sort of poisonous gas present.
This clockwork ARP wind-up toy is a very rare survivor. This model was made by A. Wells & Co. Ltd. and Brimtoy Ltd. (Wells-Brimtoy) and marked 'Made in England'. From the advert for this and similar toys the production year was around 1941. It sold at auction with a hammer price of £650 (with the addition of VAT and other fees on top).
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