Made of solid plaster (?), this item is a VERY NICE example! It appears to have been cast directly off a complete original, as you can still see the wood grain and manufacture stamps! Retains much of it’s original paint and finish, along with various stamp and markings. There is a crack in the middle (see photo), but it does not detract. This was cast as one solid piece (nothing unscrews), and was then painted to look original. Some slight marks and wear, but overall a VERY NICE piece. Not really sure why it was made as a casting (?) – probably for use as a prop in a movie or for a museum display. A PERFECT item for any re-enactor, or simply for display!