James Camilli has provided a copy of a catalog from Jack Scruby’s Soldier Factory dated 1997. It’s interesting to note the changes from older Scruby catalogs. The later one is focused almost entirely on larger-scale figures, such as 54mm, rather than the variety of smaller scales in the earlier days. Mr. Camilli has also provided some further observations on Scruby’s endeavors:
“As for the Scruby/Soldier Factory catalogue, I remember that it was basically the same from year to year (circa 1990s), with only minor additions or subtractions. For example, one item that appeared only temporarily was Jack’s Nile River Gunboat. This apparently was made by the same carpenter that made his wooden toy soldier castles. It was beautiful to look at, over two feet in length, and had an upper and lower deck with metal fittings and railings. It came with artillery pieces and Gatling or Gardner (machine) guns, and Jack suggested to customers that they crew it with some of his hollow-cast W.M. Britains reproductions. These might be Royal Army, Royal Navy, or Royal Artillery figures, wearing either Sennet (straw) hats, sun helmets, or standard navy caps.
“Generally, what I liked about Jack Scruby is that, although he was a very knowledgeable military historian, nevertheless I think he knew that this hobby is basically about playing with toy soldiers and having fun. And this attitude is reflected in his figures, which have a Victorian charm to them and were often finished with a high-gloss coating and were posed often in non-combat positions, such as ‘standing at attention,’ ‘standing on guard,’ ‘marching at the slope,’ etc. These are the same sorts of figures that you see in Dylan Thomas’ famous ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales’ story, and are different from today’s matte-finish ‘blood and guts’ all-action figures. It’s too bad that Jack’s toy soldier business came to an end after his death. But the good news is, we still have toy soldiers and we can still have fun with them!”
The catalog can be found on the Reviews page.