Saturday, October 11, 2014

Circa 1780 Bullet Molds

Early bullet molds of the Revolutionary War to Federal Period are quite scarce and difficult to find that were used by American made rifles or pistols. This little collection of six fine American brass molds each make a single ball from about 42-50 Cal. Five molds still retain wood handles which are rarely found. American frontier’s men would have typically had such a mold as and accoutrement for their Kentucky rifle or pistol. Also included in this lot is an early iron pistol ramrod measuring 7″ with an integral worm forged at tip. 
PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. 
CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Brass surfaces have varying patinas as can be seen in photos. Three sets of handles and ferrules appear orig to their time of manufacture. One mold has at least one replaced handle as wood dia are different and one arm has pewter ferrule and the other is brass. Handles are loose on the other mold and are most likely more recent additions. Ramrod appears “as found” with iron patina and pitting. 4-53768 JS267 (1,500-3,000) – Lot 3317

Copy and photos supplied by James Julia Auction.

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