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hi, nice find. I have one, glass, 5 3/4" X 5 3/4" , teeny little glass marbles. not bullet mold. marked 'Standard Toycaft products co. Ny Ny'. Inside the little mosaic book that came with it, copyright 1937. all marked made in NY. It says "Your glass marble tray is four sided tray on one side, and 8 sided tray on the other. this gives you a chance to make 2 different kinds of designs, square and octagon".

It also says 'Mosiac designing is one of the oldest forms of art work and one of the most interesting, too." "you will find it really great fun".


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Some marbles(glass balls) were made in a mold like this bullet mold. Some were actually 3 piece molds. They are most common in codd bottles and furniture castors

http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/revwar/image_gal/morrimg/bulletmold.html. I am not sure how the Czech type were made(Winnies marble) but we still call them bullet molds because they have a rough seam running the circumference of the marble that is usually ground off in the machine grinding process the go through.

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So it looks like putting two 'halves' together simplifies things.

The 'super-balls' I've shown here once or twice as jokes have

this same type of seam. Likewise sometimes removed with a

little more finesse than other times.

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Although the principle is the same two opposing steel halfs the codds stopper marble mould was much different to the lead bullet mould it was circular and moulded 16 at a time

Below is a picture showing the moulds , and sprig belonging to John Ault and used for education



the lad to the left is holding what has come out of the mould i believe it is called a sprig the marbles were broken of and the ruff ends were if long manually filed off and then the marbles ground down in the machine below


Here is a small part of an article written by Mark Potten Credit to him for the pics and article

The plunger having been released, and the mould opened, the boy seizes the centre of the glass, now cooled to a semi-liquid, and runs off with it to the annealing oven, where he knocks the marbles off into a large iron box, to hold, say, 100 gross, sufficient for a day's work. They are there left to anneal thoroughly, and are then cooled gradually and taken to the grinding-room where they are carefully sorted, and those that have been broken off with pieces, too long for grinding are chipped first.
The best way to do this is with a file having a countersunk hole in it, into which the “get” or burr of the marble is placed, a small half-round file being used as a chopper. The marbles are then ready for grinding, which process is best accomplished by the use of Mr. Wickham’s grinding apparatus. This consists of a grindstone, working horizontally on a vertical shaft. The stone is placed and made fast to an iron table, and an iron bar is laid across the top, which keeps the surface smooth. Four boys can work at one grinding machine each being able to grind, with the use of the Wooden holders supplied by Mr.Wickham, about two gross an hour.
Water of course is used, and the waste is allowed to pass off through the curved pipe shown under the grindstone. When the burr is ground quite smooth and even with the rest of the marble the operation is completed. The counting is accomplished by an ingenious shovel with twelve grooves, each groove being made to hold a dozen marbles so that every time the shovel is used in counting one gross is scored They are then sent in boxes or casks to their destination. “

Hope this is of some interest and adds to the thread Presumably your marbles could have been made like this in large numbers

Craig C

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I should have clarified furniture feet (ball & claw feet). And I have never seen a vintage clear one that was not from a mold. And I have had dozens and probably seen over a hundred. Last one is a 3 piece mold




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