This detailed cold cast bronze statue is carefully hand finished and stands 3 1/2 inches high (9 centimetres) 4 1/2 inches (11 centimetres) long and wide and it weighs an impressive 2.25 lbs or 1 kilo. The base of each piece is covered in faux felt to protect your furniture. The attention to detail is very good, and shows a soldier standing over a captured Russian gun after the battle of Sebastopol. It was from these original bronze guns that the first Victoria Crosses were cast. Cold cast bronze is a process in which each figure is coated with bronze and back filled with resin and heavy ingots to give weight. This system is over one hundred years old and gives a finer finish. Each piece is coated with polish to protect it in the early days. This will wear off in time with polishing. No paint is used in this process. This heavy cold cast bronze statue was originally sculpted by the Artist Paul Edward Dunne, who is himself ex Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Each sculpture is carefully packed to arrive safely, and we are proud of our wonderful feedback so please do contact us straight away in the unlikely event that you are not fully satisfied. The Fate of the Sevastopol Guns: After the Crimea War the British sent a pair of cannons seized at Sevastopol (Sebastopol) to each of the most important cities in the Empire. Additionally, several were sent to the Royal Military College Sandhurst and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich, and these cannons now all reside at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (renamed after the closing of RMA Woolwich shortly after the Second World War) and are displayed next to cannons from Waterloo, and other battles, in front of Old College. The cascabel (the large ball at the rear of old muzzle loaded guns) of several cannons captured during the siege are used to make the British Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the British Armed Forces. The metal from these cascabels is in danger of running out and there is some uncertainty as to what metal will be used once this occurs. There is also some doubt as to the origin of the metal used in some of the medals awarded during the First World War.