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A musket ball mould is a tool to make musket shots or balls from scrap pieces of lead. The lead would be melted down and poured in to the hole of the ball-end of the maker when closed. Once the lead had cooled and solidified the mould was opened and the shot would be formed. Often musket ball moulds were carried by soldiers so they could create new balls from scrap lead they would come across.
This mould was found at Corgarff Castle, and may have been used by the Redcoats in the 1700s who turned the castle in to barracks and occupied for nearly 100 years.
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Date Made
18th Century
l 175mm (l 6 7/8")
w 40mm (w 1 9/16")
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