Vintage Tin Candy Mold Hen or Chicken Laying Down Marked 15970, Made by Vormenfabriek Tilburg, Holland
Description: A nice vintage tin candy mold in the shape of a hen or a chicken laying down possibly on her eggs. This is most likely a mold to make Easter candy that looks like a chicken. The mold shows quite a bit of details for the chicken. See the beak, the eyes, the comb, and the feathers in the body as well as the tail. The mold is composed of two halves with depression on one of the halves and raised hemispheres on the other half. These fit together to ensure that the two haves are in the right position. The two halves stay together with the aid of two small clips that are pushed over the edge of the two halves. It opens by removing the clips to reveal a backwards image of the chicken. The mold shows evidence of wear and minor oxidation on the inside and outside. The edge of the piece is stamped with numbers on both sides; these are 15970 above the chicken's head. The edge on both sides is also stamped with the words "Vormenfabriek Tilburg-Holland" above the chicken's tail. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Early to mid 20th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures 3 1/2" wide, 2 3/4" high with a base measuring 2 1/8" by 1 1/2". The piece weighs about 2 ounces.
Marks: Marked as follows; "15970" and "Vormenfabriek Tilburg, Holland" on both sides.
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 vintage and would make a great addition to your collection.
Condition: It is in excellent condition, with no breaks, cracks, repairs or losses. It does have some general wear commensurate with its age and utilitarian function. The piece shows some minor signs of oxidation both on the outside and the inside, which can be seen in the photos. Please see photo for additional condition information.