Antique Tin Candy or Chocolate Mold Make Hen on The Nest Shape
Description: A nice antique tin candy or chocolate mold in the shape of a hen laying on a nest and looking ahead. The mold shows quite a bit of for the hen. See the beak, the eyes, comb, and the feathers in the body as well as the tail. The mold is composed of two halves with clips to ensure that when it is in use it remains tightly closed and the two halves remain in place. This mold has two clips one on each side. It is possible that it had a third clip, which is missing. The mold has three depressions on one of the halves and raised prongs on the other half which fit together to ensure the ,mold is properly lined. The mold is made of silvered tin and has lost quite a bit of its silvering with age and use. It opens by removing the clips to reveal a backwards image of the hen. The mold shows evidence of wear and minor oxidation on the inside and outside. The mold is stamped with the number 3 and 4 on one side above and in front of the hen's body but has no other markings that we could find. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely late 1800 to early 1900's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size and Weight: Measures ~4 5/8" wide, ~3 3/4" high with the opening on the bottom measuring ~3" by ~2". The piece weighs about 3 1/2 ounces.
Marks: Stamped with the number 4 and 3 on the exterior of one of the halves.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice piece to be used to make candy and chocolate figures. It is truly antique and would make a great addition to your collection.
Condition: It is in general good condition, with no breaks, cracks, or losses. The piece has lost some of the silvering on the high points of the design.. In addition, the clips are a bit distorted and show signs of oxidation. In addition, we believe the piece is missing a third clip to ensure proper alignment when closed. The piece also has some general wear, many scratches, and minor dings commensurate with its age and utilitarian function. The piece shows some minor signs of oxidation both on the outside and the inside as well as loss of the silver coloring again on both the inside and outside, which can be seen in the photos. Please see photo for additional condition information.