This beautiful pewter statue of St. Patrick measures 3 inches tall. It is delicately handcrafted in Ireland. The early history of pewter in Ireland goes back 800 years when the first makers of pewter were producing pewter utensils for domestic use, consisting mainly of tankards, plates, and candlesticks. Around the 12th century, pewter was only within the reach of the wealthy, where it was found on the tables of castle halls, and in the houses of rich merchants and churchmen. Later, its use spread into taverns and cottages. The ancient craft of pewter-making was revived in Ireland in the 1970's. This St. Patrick Statue was crafted in the traditional, old casting method in a pewter workshop in County Westmeath, Ireland. Each piece is delicately hand finished. Pewter is known for its durable qualities, and never wears out.