Featured Creamware Food Molds - Date and Maker(s)? and Condition Issues

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  1. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Can anyone help me ID the maker and date these food molds? Probably the smallest one is a different maker - and the other three necessarily a set. I can't really tell what kind of fowl they are. I've seen them described as "hens" with no other explanation.

    There's crazing, some staining, chips to smallest and a stable crack to one of the smaller chicks. There's a piece of something in the glaze of the largest. - just very crude to begin with. I don't know what people are expecting on pottery items this old that were obviously used. Some like that, maybe?

    Smallest is just under 3"l x 2"t
    Largest is 8.25"l x 4.25"t

    Thanks! :)

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  2. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Eegad! The Easter peeps!!!
     
  3. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    PEEPS!!! lol
     
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  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    https://www.thehappychickencoop.com/hen-vs-chicken/

    Other Commonly Used Chicken Words
    While we are on the subject of interesting terms for chickens, here are a few you might hear or use yourself:

    Peeps: General term used for chicks.

    I really thought the candy maker made it up. :chicken::chicken::chicken:!
     
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  5. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

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  6. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Inside or out? I suppose some people demand perfection. I know I would consider it more a sign of age, not a flaw, if it does not mar the molded piece.
     
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  7. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Outside...

    I can't decipher how many are in that set? I assumed the smallest was not part of an original set as it has a blunt tail, but I suppose it could be. But a four-piece set would be nice :)

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  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Although title says 'Hen Chicks', the eBay listing is for a single mold, looks like the hen, but it suggests they are known to come as sets.

    I didn't get all your photos sorted out correctly the first time. New one is clear. That third chick is maybe an ugly duckling & will grow up to be a swan. These are new to me; don't know how many chicks typically came in the set. A collector may have picked up a stray.
     
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  9. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Thanks, @Bronwen :)

    These would be used for? Jelly, butter or something savory?

    Calling out @Bakersgma and @Ownedbybear (there may be others, I can never find my list of likely experts)

    Here's a fun page full of out-there molded foodstuffs. Historicfood.com

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  10. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Cookware outside my realm but jelly or ice cream seem like best bets to me. Without doing anything to see if I'm correct, think 'jelly' in this case means something more like gelatin.
     
  11. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    SOME form of "Jelly" is at the root of all phantasmagoric foods on that page.

    Could be aspic or any number of damp foods. :)
     
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  12. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    I prefer it when my food doesn't move but that's just me! :)
    Don
     
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  13. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Agreed, @dgbjwc :woot:

    I'm imagining a mouthful of rubber bands! Lol
     
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