This unusual souvenir bronze inkwell is a replica of the Nanaimo Bastion in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, B.C, Canada. According to building collector Donna S., who recently found this souvenir building, "It is 6 1/4 inches high, the base is 3 1/4 inches diameter. I believe it is bronze not brass,” she said. Words on the base are, “Nanaimo Bastion 1953.” A Bastion is a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification. Construction began in 1853 and was completed in 1854, the real Nanaimo’s Bastion is the last remaining wooden Hudson Bay Company's bastion in North America. Today, as the city’s oldest structure and recognized Municipal Heritage Site it has survived multiple moves, renovations and changes in ownership. The Bastion proudly stands as one of the most enduring and iconic symbols of the town of Nanaimo. The structure was moved in 1891, again in 1974 and then had major restoration work in 2010 and it’s three floors are open for tours.
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