The Regimental Office of Interrogations
1. Why is it so expensive?
All Regimental Colours are made or assembled by hand. The price reflects the cost of time and materials only. For example, it takes about 4 to 6 hours to make each piece of a cannon and assemble it. It can't be any more fair than that.
2. Is it a "war" toy?
No more so than chess or skittles. Plus it teaches history, strategic thinking, fine and large motor skill development, and stimulates the imagination and tactile senses, just to name a few sterling qualities. If you are concerned about harmful effects, just sample the latest offering of computer games. We are only just beginning to understand the detrimental effects on children of TV and video games- that is something to be concerned about!
3. Why the 18th Century?
Because of the tremendous amount of colorful uniforms, and they fought in formations.
4. Will you make formations from any other eras?
YES! As soon as funding permits a responsible venture, Regimental Colours will expand both ways on the time-line. Expect to see Collections from the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire (catapults and ballistas!), and even the American Civil war. If they fought in formation, it will be represented.
5. What are "regimental colors"?
The term “regimental colours” refers to the color of trim assigned to each regiment's uniform to distinguish it from other regiments. A regiment also carried a flag in its color, called simply its “colors”. Watching a battle from a hilltop, a general could tell what was happening by which colors were where. It was an early form of what is now called 'command and control'. Incidentally, a special 'color guard' of the bravest soldiers was given the honor of protecting the 'colors'.
6. Why is "colours" spelled funny?
Because that is the British spelling, which makes it sound rather old fashioned, just like these toys.
7. What is "Unicus Lusus Excelsior"?
It's the Regimental Colours motto. Read the Joseph Chilton Pearce quotation on the "Home" page to see what it means.