This model is a small representative of Thames Dittons former bronze empire.
Watch the video of Anne Wright, a volunteer at Elmbridge Museum, talking about a First World War clay model soldier
Operating from 1874 to 1939, the bronze foundry in Thames Ditton produced work of local, national and international repute.
Much of the bronze statuary in London was produced by the Thames Ditton foundry.
The foundrys masterpiece is Peace Quadriga which tops the arch on Hyde Park Corner.
At 9.75 metres high and weighing 38.6 tonnes Peace Quadriga was the largest sculpture cast in the country in pre-welding times.