This is one section of a 2-part pattern known as a cope and drag. The pattern, or mould, shows the original manufacturer's metal plaque that reads "S.S.B. & Co." as well as an affixed metal part number tag. Allover handpainted markings add authenticity and interest to the piece.
This pattern consists of 2 detachable parts: this piece has 3 shallow, compartment-like, sections. The piece that divides the compartments can be removed. The red and black paint is part of a color-coding system used by foundries to indicate where a core, which will form a cavity in the finished casting, should be placed in the sand mold. A mirrored version (the other half of the cope and drag) is available (see item ENAUT2).
Weight: 111 lbs.
Item Measurements: 52.25(L) x 20(W) x 32.75(H)
Condition: Very good condition. Solid body with surface scuffs, paint loss, fading and patina as expected with age and use.
Salvage History: In 2017, this foundry pattern was salvaged from a nautical warehouse in New Jersey. The pick was featured in Season 9, Episode 8 of the DIY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs".
Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company was a major shipbuilding company in operation from 1917–1989 in Chester, Pennsylvania on the Delaware River. Sun Shipbuilding launched its first ship in 1917, just as the United States was entering World War I. By the start of World War II, Sun was among the country's five largest shipyards, with eight slipways. At its peak, the company employed more than 40,000 workers at four shipyards, and was the largest private-sector employer of African-Americans in the United States. During the war, Sun built tankers, hospital ships, cargo ships, and escort carriers for the United States Maritime Commission
About Nautical Foundry Molds:
This wooden pattern was used in the process of sand casting. Molding material, such as sand, would be packed around this pattern inside of a casting flask. The sand is then compressed in a process known as ramming. When the molding material reaches the proper density, the pattern is removed. Molten metal is then poured into the cavity created by the positive mold. Once the metal has cooled and hardened, the sand is then broken away and the metal casting is removed. This pattern was used to cast a part of a ship or nautical component.