Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Beau Geste Digest

This month's newsletter from our Argentinian cousins contains information about their latest releases and retirements

As far as new releases are concerned, they have chosen to concentrate this time round on what is arguably their most popular, and certainly their most colourful and flamboyant range, namely the Delhi Durbar of 1903. In total, 13 sets from their 19th century catalogue are being retired and will be available until August 15th

Music Courtship from Alwar

Music Courtship from Indore

Music Courtship from Kashmir. All three sets of musicians are being released as part of the Delhi Durbar series

Clearly these figures are able to stand, in spite of the instruments they are carrying. In case you were wondering whether these are really in proportion, here are a couple of photos from the time showing the real life musicians and their enormous instruments

Some of the photos that provided inspiration for the sets pictured above

More DD releases are due next month, including a brand new elephant! Meanwhile, the company's plans to streamline their production continue apace with the retirement this month of several 19th century sets, a number of which cover the armies of pre and post-unification German states. Don't forget, you have until August 15th to place an order for them. Having said that, the military bands will still be available as special request items for as long as the molds hold out!

1st grenadiers regiment, Prussian Guard infantry, 1866

Music band, 1st grenadiers regiment, Prussian Guard infantry, 1866

1st fusiliers regiment, full dress, summer uniform, Prussian Guard infantry,

Music band, Tirailleurs de la Garde, Prussian Guard infantry, 1860

Music Band, German line infantry, Saxony, full dress, 1893

That's about it. More information available, as always, direct from Beau Geste or via their UK agent and distributor, Martin Ainscough

Happy hunting!

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