.577 Caliber Enfield Pritchett Bullet Mold
- Product Code: FPTA-1730-SOLD
- Availability: Out Of Stock
This is a VERY GOOD brass Pritchett Bullet Mold for the .577 English Enfield rifle and rifle musket. Thousands of English made, brass molds for Enfield pattern rifles and rifle muskets were imported by both the north and south during the American Civil War. One bullet mold was usually included with every 20 long arms delivered, or one mold per case. The large majority of these molds are unmarked, and maker (or retailer) marked examples are rather scarce. When the molds are marked, they are usually marked only with their caliber, expressed either in the English “bore” system, or less often with the actual caliber in tenths/hundredths/thousands of an inch.
The most commonly encountered bore markings for the long arm molds are 25 Bore (.577 caliber), 24 Bore (.58 caliber) and much less frequently 26 Bore (.57 caliber). Very rarely the molds bear a maker’s mark, and when they do, they are usually just the initials of the maker.
This example of an Enfield Pritchett Pattern Bullet Mold remains in about VERY GOOD condition, and shows great age, a lovely patina and moderate use. Like most molds of this pattern it is unmarked. The mold is uncleaned and is 100% complete and fully functional. The large mold measures 8 7/8-inches in overall length, including the sprue cutter’s handle, and is 7 7/8-inches long from the tip of the arms to the end of the mold block, not counting the cutter. The long, curved handles are 6 1/8-inches long, and the exterior of the mold block is 1 5/16-inches tall, 1 ¼-inches long and 1” wide. The mold cavity is in very good condition, and measures approximately .565-inches in diameter at the base and casts a bullet about 1-inches in overall length and about .7-inches from the nose to the deepest recess in the base. The former owner apparently cast some bullets from the mold, and one is included with it. This bullet measures 1.047-inches in overall length, with a .27-inch deep cavity and a diameter of .575-inches at the base. The original iron base plug is in place in the bottom of the mold and appears to be secured by its original screw. As indicated by the accompanying bullet, the mold casts serviceable .575-inch smooth sided Pritchett bullets today. The mold opens and closes smoothly and securely. The original iron sprue cutter is in place on the top of the mold block and functions smoothly. The cutter shows moderate surface oxidation and roughness, with some even moderate pitting. The brass mold has a lovely, untouched medium golden patina on the arms that becomes darker and more ocher colored closer to the block. The body and arms show a large number of small to moderate sized dents and dings, indicative of use.
Overall this is a solid and nice displaying example of a British Enfield bullet mold. This would be a great addition to any Civil War bullet mold collection and would be a fabulous accessory to add to the display of your Enfield rifles and muskets. The accompanying bullet cast from the mold makes the displayability of the mold with the appropriate guns even greater.