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Object Name Mold, Bullet
Catalog Number 0985.07.00056c
Date c. 1855
Description Bullet mold: with Colt 1855 Side Hammer Pocket Revolver, Model 2 (a) with case (b); .28 caliber, 5-shot, 3.5" barrel, walnut grip; #22987.

Mold bullet: Made of iron with a rectangular main body with rounded top. A screw connects the two sides and allows for the two halves to be pulled apart on a pivot, thus opening the mold cavity and giving access to the bullets. Two handles extend from the body with a slight curve. The body has two Cavity molds- one for round and one for conical balls. The top of the sprue cutter is marked "COLT'S PATENT".
Material Metal
Dimensions H-0.75 W-1.25 L-4.5 inches
Owned Varina Banks Howell Davis
Made Colt's Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.
Event evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Provenance Revolver given to Varina Davis for her personal protection during the evacuation from Richmond by Gerneral William M. Browne: "Pistol given to Mrs. Jefferson Davis when the Davis family began their retreat from Richmond, 1865. Mr. Davis showed Mrs. Davis how to use it. He told her, 'If you fear insult from our foes make them kill you.'"
People Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Browne, William Montague
Davis, Jefferson
Search Terms Evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Subjects women