"Artillery shells, not mortars (picky picky.) From set 1730. Issued first in 1939 to serve the array of guns Britains made. Sometimes the business end of the shell is painted silver. The "flesh-coloured" paint extending across the underside of headwear is typical Britains style. The millions of hollow-cast figures Britains produced from 1893 to 1966 were individually hand painted, in their London factory, and also by people in their homes making a few extra pence by piecework."