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Bullet Mold, Bullet Ladle, and Iron Pot
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Bullet Mold, Bullet Ladle, and Iron Pot

Catalog #: 81236M    
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 1" H x 6.5" W x 5.5" D

Physical Description

Cast iron.

General History

Casting shot requires an iron pot to melt the lead, a ladle to pour the lead and a bullet mold to fashion the shot. When the lead reaches a viscous consistency, it is ladled from the pot and poured into the bullet mold. The excess lead is cut with the closing of the mold and re-melted.


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Era: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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