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Large Early Brass Gang Mold

17" o.a.l. ca 2,25" tall, 1" thick, brass body, iron sprue cutters top and bottom, turned wood handles. 17 cavities to cast round balls as follows: (8) #11 - about .74 caliber, (4) #16 - about .64 caliber and #13 - about .71 caliber. The 8 largest are arranged in one line and the other smaller cavities are arranged in one line. The mold cavities suggest it was intended to produce ammunition for British pattern weapons with the #11 .74 caliber ball correct for most "Brown Bess" infantry musket that were nominally .75 caliber, the #16 .64 caliber ball about right for the .65 caliber "Carbine Bore" of carbines and fusils and the #13 nominally .71 caliber ball good for use with either buck and ball type loads or possibly the nominally .70-.72 caliber of many of the Low Country (Dutch) and Germanic arms used by both colonists and mercenary troops during the American Revolution. The bore numbers are marked on the sprue cutters. A hook locks the two sides of the mold together when closed. A very interesting early and crudely made mold.

Condition:

Good. Brass cleaned and polished bright, showing scattered bumps and dings. Sprue cutters with oxidation and scattered pitting. Handles with bumps, dings, mars and chips.

Estimate: $750 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$646
09/12/2018

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