Benbros Zebra Toys
To celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, many toy makers issued souvenirs and several chose a model of the Royal Coach. Benbros created one for the Qualitoys range (Qualitoys Royal Coach) and they re-issued it unchanged as part of the Zebra Toys collection in the early 1960's.
The body of the little coach was a single casting and included 'ER' on each door. The metal wheels fitted directly onto the body. It was painted either gold or silver and carried no id.
At the front of the coach was a hole into which the peg on the horses' central shaft fitted. There were eight horses, four with riders on one side and four riderless on the other. The whole unit was one casting with 'Made in England' along the top of the shaft. It was painted white with red & gold trim on the horses and red & black trim on the riders.
For the Royal Coach Benbros reduced the black & white design of the Zebra Toys boxes but still included blue & white stripes on the sides. 'Zebra Toys' was printed on both sides and both end-flaps.
Not hard to find, the Royal Coach is the easiest model of the Zebra Toys to collect.
Benbros Zebra Toys Royal Coach
1) GOLD coach 'ER' on doors WHITE shaft/horses/riders with trim id.on shaft
2) SILVER coach 'ER' on doors WHITE shaft/horses/riders with trim id.on shaft