Antique Omani bullet mould. Tool to cast one lead bullet at a time for a matchlock gun

Tools to cast lead bullets for matchlock
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Rare Omani tool to cast one bullet at a time.  It has the form of a pair of pliers, the recesses being. With brass fittings with dot in circle design. Until the 1970´s it was a common sight it  in most of the towns to see a gunsmith making lead bullets to be used with modern rifles in the same traditional way.

 

 

 

 

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Bullet Mold

Antique Bullet Mould

Arab name: Qalib

Period: 1800-1880

Origin: Oman

References:
  1. Robert Elgood. The Arms and armour of Arabia page 46-48
  2. Craft heritage of Oman Neil Richardson & Maria Dorr Volume 2 page 456 illustration. 123
  3. J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 20
  4. A tribute to Oman 18th National day "Gun lore: The story of the Abu Fatiylah" Robert Richmond. Apex Ruwi page 90 (has photo with identical tool)
  5. Stone A glossary of the Construction Decoration and Use of arms and armor in all countries and in all times 1934 p. 155 fig 198
  6. Oman and its renaissance Sir Donald Hawley 1977/1987 page 145
  7. The National Museum of Oman Highlights published by Scala Arts & Heritage publishers in  2016 page 17 shows a similar bullet casting mould.