Very rare tool for casting twelve bullets (probably of Dutch origin or alternatively English, confirmed by the Scheepvaart museum Amsterdam) Several almost identical copies were recovered from the ship Hollandia that sunk in 1743 (probably part of its cargo).
There are 4 of these moulds in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and one in the Scheepvaart Museum Amsterdam, all these originate from the wreck of the Amstelveen. These moulds are extremely rare.
As these moulds are extremely rare it is difficult to date them precisely. It is assumed that the iron moulds of this type date from the 17th century and that the Brass /Bronze molds date from the 18th century.
The wooden handles are missing and the tool has been repaired (a long time ago) with missing brass pin to hold the handle replaced by iron. 32 cm long.
The Scheepvaart Museum thinks the bullets were intended for a handgun.
It is possible that the tool was purchased by Omanis from the Dutch. Robert Elgood in his book (Ref 10) page 85 writes: "In their conflict with the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean the English and the Dutch supplied gunners, cannon and ammunition to the Omanis, who successfully evicted the Portuguese in 1650" However the moulds of the 17th century were of iron.
Antique Bullet mould