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Musket Ball Gang Mold

ca.1730-1743
Origin: Netherlands
Overall length: 16 5/8" Cavities: about .63 caliber (24 to the pound)
Brass
Gift of Mr. Stanley Josephson
Acc. No. 1980-157
Cast brass musket ball "gang mold" set up to cast thirteen balls in each pour. Reinforced hinge on one end, and tapered quadrangular tangs (for wooden grips) on the others.
Label:In martial production shops like the Armoury, “gang” molds were used to cast many musket-sized balls in one pour. This large and heavy mold forms thirteen projectiles at a time, and is typical of those used during the Revolutionary War period.

From the wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman "Hollandia," sunk on July 13, 1743 off the Isles of Scilly.
Provenance:From the wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman "Hollandia," sunk on July 13, 1743 off the Isles of Scilly. Purchased by the donor at an auction in Penzance in the 1970s.

Mark(s):"XXIIII" chiseled into one half near the tang, indicating it cast musket balls of 24 to the pound.