Bullet maker - date? - maker?

lupaglupa

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Another item from the curio cabinet. A handheld tool for making four bullets. My aunt thinks this is a CW era item, but she really doesn't know. We don't have any documentation of when or whence it came to us. Looks like brass to me but I'm woefully ignorant on this sort of thing. I'd love to know more. As you can see there is a "7" on the hinge.

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One side has a "54" and a shield, which appears to be the company name.

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Close up of the company logo.

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Other side.

Any info on this would be much appreciated!
 
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It is a mold for two bullets. Possible .54 caliber, but not sure as multiple calibers were made.. Appears the sprue cutter has been lost. That was attached in the screw hole and separated the cast lead. Check the search feature or just look on ebay for civil war bullet molds and you will see the part that is missing. I don't ID the maker.
 

lupaglupa

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It is a mold for two bullets. Possible .54 caliber, but not sure as multiple calibers were made.. Appears the sprue cutter has been lost. That was attached in the screw hole and separated the cast lead. Check the search feature or just look on ebay for civil war bullet molds and you will see the part that is missing. I don't ID the maker.
Well, I certainly confirmed that I know nothing! Two bullets makes sense. I looked at others and see where the missing piece would go. Thanks!
 

ucvrelics

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Interesting mold and I can't make out the makers mark either, perhaps if you could post a closer photo of the makers mark and the inside of the mold we might could ID it.
 

Mark A

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It's a British 54 bore (.442 caliber) pistol mold missing its iron sprue cutter and cutter retaining screw. I don't recognize the maker's stamp on the side of the block. I've attached photos of 3 similar molds made for the Kerr, Adam's and what I believe to be a Deane-Harding revolver. The axis pin holding the two blocks together should be numbered or marked with a symbol (a single punch dot in the photos). The bottom round of the spruce cutter should have the same corresponding number or symbol found on the mold's axis pin. An early 1850's to late 1860's mold so possibly a Civil War era item.
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