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.
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