Marks Brothers Toy Soldier Mold No. 11

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Marks Brothers Toy Soldier Mold No. 11 Outside
Marks Brothers Toy Soldier Mold No. 11 Outside
Marks Brothers Toy Soldier Mold No. 11 Inside
Marks Brothers Toy Soldier Mold No. 11 Inside

Every once in a while you come across something that makes you pause and recheck what you know.  Granted not much is known about the Marks Brothers Toy Co but when I saw this mold I was stumped and excited.  Nothing that I am aware of indicated that Marks Brothers made metal soldiers but here is half of a mold clearly labeled “Marks Bros. Co. Boston USA.”  None of the O’Brien Toy Soldier books mention the Marks brothers in any way.  Was this from the factory or a home foundry kit?  The mold creates a WWI soldier on horseback.  The mold measures 3″ wide at the base and 3.25″ high.  I recently saw a home molding set by Marks Brothers that had this mold included.  It was not for making lead soldiers but wax soldiers.

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