The Grey Irons
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Grey Iron Casting Company, located in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, was founded as the Brady Machine Shop circa 1840 and rechristened as Grey Iron Casting Company in 1881 after a fire destroyed the original location. It was the first major dimestore toy soldier maker in the United States. Grey Iron was the only company to produce 3" and 3-1/4" iron toy soldiers. Production began in January, 1933, with the introduction of thirty-five different soldiers. In July, 1936, the "Iron Men" series, which featured more robust figures, were introduced; production of these figures lasted until the beginning of World War II, when the factory began to produce munitions. The figure molds were produced by Samuel Eshlemann, Samuel Schmidt, and Edward Musser.
Source: O'Brien, R. (1997). Collecting American-made toy soldiers: Identification and Value Guide. Florence, AL: Books Americana.
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