Mr. Thiel was an eminent collector - editor who assembled and edited about 1300 Napoleonic flats (moulds). He started around 1930 taking over some moulds of former possesion of editors Biebel and Brandt. Only some years before WWII he started to "complete" Napoleonic (French) Army choosing subjects never edited with flats before or afterwards.
He specialized in non-fighting units, as Napoleonic Post service, Service de Santé, Veterinarians, Pioneers (building a bridge), Cavalry watering horses, camp scenes of many different units , Musicians of many units, Craftsmen and beautiful staff units of Duchy of Warsaw and Neapolitan Army. Consequently, these figures are especcially suitable for dioramas.
Many of his flats have been edited using Cdt. Bucquoy`s uniform plates like the sample shown her.
After II. WW Mr. Thiel concentrated on civilian themes and animals l. After his death in 1972 his moulds were dispersed, complete sets broken up and sold seperatly some moulds lost without trace.
These lists (of german language - sorry -) may help to find out which figures exist and who is todays owner.
The plates of line-drawings are scanned of Mr. Thiel´s personal line-drawing pages, which had been hand-coloured by himself. Though line-drawings are not that attractive in general, here can be seen what to become of these figures when being painted.
Painted flats shown have in general been painted by Mr. Bistulfi, Milano.
RECONSTRUCTION of Flats-List
in former posession of Mr. Thiel, Ruhla and todays owner
S. Maier d. Ä.
Sixtus Maier der Ältere -1936
|W. Sambeth||Wilhelm Sambeth|
Sixtus Maier der Jüngere
|A. Krunert||Alfred Krunert|
|H. Braune||Helmut Braune|
REKONSTRUKTION der Typenliste
von H.J. Thiel Ruhla und heutige Formenbesitzer
Knoll, Hennigsdorf b. Berlin
|Hen||Dr. Hentschel, Burg|