A musketball mould of the type made and used pre-1830.
An iron, plier-like tool with two handles. At the end of each handle is a mini-pan with semi-spherical moulds inside. When the two handles are brought together the moulds create a complete sphere, except for a small circular opening to the side where the 2 moulds meet. This hole is where molten lead would be poured into the mould.
The mould was used to make the balls that were fired from muskets. The handles are flat, wide at the bottom and narrow closer to the mould piece.
The mould is 5 inches in length and about 1/2 inch in diameter.
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