GOTHIC CATHEDRAL DESIGN Antique Ironstone Large Oval Mold Circa Late 19th Century
This lovely white ironstone ‘jelly’ mould (British spelling) or mold would be a welcome piece to anyone’s collection or added to a fun design element to a vintage or antique display.
The 7" by 5 ¼” OVAL MOLD measures 4” high. The design of the inner mold is a geo-metric shape in the style of a GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, while the outside of the mold is smooth. The bottom of the mold is slightly inverted in the center.
The mold is in good condition. It has no cracks or chips but does have some very light browning and crazing, handful of brown specks on the rim as well as kiln marks on the bottom--only adding to the character of the piece.
Ironstone molds became popular in America with the arrival of ironstone white china dinner sets and table wares in the middle to the late 1800s. They were more affordable than the earlier and more expensive molds made of copper or pewter.
Cooks used the molds in potted meat, pate and aspic recipes to prepare grains, fruits, vegetables, seafoods and meats for molding—with the gelatin made from animals being the most often used binding element. For fruit, cooks used pectin, a jelling agent found in certain ripe fruits, for forming jams and jellies.
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