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A Pair of Interesting Civil War Gang Molds
Figures 1 through 7 show a rare, possibly unique arsenal gang mold. The mold is about 17 inches long and weighs about ten pounds. A removable piece can be reversed to enable either Mine or flat-based bullets to be cast.
Figures 8 through 10 show a more common gang mold casting four standard Minie balls.
Figure 1 – The mold is both large and complex. Manufacturing quality is outstanding. Were there more than one of these made?
Figure 2 – The letter “C” and “58” are the only markings. The sprue cutter is mounted on an eccentric pin, giving it a high mechanical advantage in shearing off the sprues when rotated.
Figure 3 – The complexity of design is obvious in this side view.
Figure 4 – In this view, the base plate is inserted to cast flat-based bullets.
Figure 5 – The flat-based bullets.
Figure 6 – In this view, the base plate is inserted to cast Minie type bullets.
Figure 7 – The Minie type bullets.
Figure 8 – Manufacturing quality is, again, exceptional. Overall length is 10 inches.
Figure 9 – The only markings are “US” and “1”
Figure 10 – The classic Minie ball pattern. No provision for a sprue cutter