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This miniature coronation coach was one of the best known early products of the Hackney toy firm, Lesneys. Lesney’s was founded in 1947 by Leslie Smith and Rodney Smith as a die-casting firm. In 1947 they began to make die-cast toys, as an alternative to industrial components, and moved to a factory in Hackney. By 1952 they had an 8-strong workforce and a range of 13 or so toys. Their miniature coronation coach was a runaway success, selling over a million and enabling Lesney’s to expand and launch their now famous range of ‘Matchbox’ toys.
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