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Charbens was founded in 1920 by the brothers Charles and Benjamin Reid. The name comes from a combination of their two first names. Much like Johillco, one of the brothers was a former employee of William Britain and as such was received training in hollowcast figure and general metal toy creation from one of the most established and well-known companies in the field.
The company first appears in an advertisment in the toy trade journal Games and Toys in December 1927 showing a collection of farmyard items.
The Company operated out of Hornsey Road in London until the mid 1960's, at which point lead production was phased out to be replaced with safer plastics.
Norman Joplin, The Great Book of Hollow-Cast Figures (New Cavendish Books, 1993) ISBN 1872727263 page 118