Guarantee - 100% money back guarantee if returned for any reason within 21 days of receipt. Lions must be returned in same condition received and in the same packaging. I'll pay your return shipping if you contact me first at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-471-1913.
Shipping: FREE shipping by U.S. Priority Mail. Includes insurance and tracking. I ship only within the U.S. Insurance does not cover packages that have been stolen from outside your door. If this is a concern, consider having the package shipped to your workplace or to a friend.
Gifts: Whether you buy for yourself or for someone else as a gift, your lions will be carefully packed inside a lovely white box with the lion on top and a nice little gift card telling about the lions. The cards are printed by a St. Augustine family-owned and operated business. The box will look great just the way it is without any gift wrap. The box will then be carefully packed inside a US Priority Mail box for shipping.
You will find that most statuettes today are made with resin or a composition of resin and some other material. This is why they yellow with age and exposure to daylight.
The St. Augustine lion replicas are special in every way. They are made of 90% genuine Carrara marble from Carrara, Italy, the same marble the originals boast of. They contain zero resin, plastic or other inexpensive binders. The lions are crafted by Old World artisans using a decades-old method with high quality materials. Your lions will retain their majestic white marble look and feel to be cherished for generations.
If you want something with an inexpensive binder that will yellow, or some fad you'll tire of with time, you'll need to look elsewhere. If you want high quality art in your home that you can treasure always, welcome to our shop. You've found the right place.
The replicas are made by artisans in Staffordshire, England who practice a difficult and dying art of hand-casting and sculpting. They supply life size statues and small statuettes, like these lions, to some of the most prestigious European galleries and art museums.
It is no wonder then that each set of lions are hand-cast with utmost attention to detail.
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Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Gail Kraker. I moved to St. Augustine in 2011 with my hubby, Jeff, and our three coconut retrievers.
Like many others, I fell in love with the lions on the bridge. Where else in the New World do we see century old, hand sculpted Carrara marble statues of anything, much less beautiful lions?
I spent a year searching for small replicas of the lions for our home and got only disappointment. After three more years of wondering why, and thinking people who love St. Augustine deserve better, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I made it my mission to bring the first and only marble replicas of the lions on the bridge, Faithful & Firm, to all who want replicas of the city’s icons in their own homes.
It took a full year and was no easy task. I wanted the statuettes to be made of Carrara marble, just like the lions on the bridge.
I looked into statue makers for months and was unhappy with the quality of what I saw. I gave up out of frustration. Then one day, on a lark, I made just one more search. To my surprise, I came up with the perfect Old World statue makers in Staffordshire, England. They make Carrara marble life size statues as well as tiny statuettes, like these lions, for some of the most prestigious galleries and art museums in Europe. I believe them to be the best marble statue makers on earth.
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I worked with the statue makers for eight grueling months to make sure the statuettes are true replicas of the lions on the bridge, down to having the same inscription along their sides.
It took three time-consuming iterations for the artisans to make the lions just the way l knew you would want them.
It took another two months to get the first order from the statue makers. You see, the artisans are highly sought after and it takes time for them to get to the next order. Each set of lions comes from a single set of molds and only one set of lions can be cast each day.
The artisans then do the fine hand-sculpted details on the lions.
Two months after the first order arrived, the photos and website were completed and I was ready to bring you the Ancient City icons you’ve been searching for.
Jeff helps out by being supportive and by taking the packages with the lions in them to the Post Office. He also makes sure I pack them properly. 😉 🦁🦁
I hope you’ll love the little lions as much as I do. They bring joy to our home and they've become almost human to me.
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