Sunday 7.3.05: Dresden Chocolate Mold
Like I was saying the other day about the chocolate mold:
Clearly it met the criteria for ebay: a large (16-3/4 x 10-3/4 x 1), heavy (7 lbs) object banished to the closet, having outlived its brief tenure as a conversation-piece on our kitchen table. The gray metal was a little rusted on the sides, but the surface with the 48 mold hollows (automobile, Zeppelin dirigible, steam ship, and train) had been nickel-plated and still had a nice pewter sheen. A manufacturer's name was stamped into the side, which meant research was possible. The price tag was still attached. Ouch! Jim paid a lot for it. I shot him a what were you thinking? glance but only got a smart-aleck response: "I thought you would make me some chocolates." Right.
I handed him back the treasure and he took it directly downstairs to our "photography department" for immediate processing.
The label: Anton Reiche, 34 A, Dresden, Germany. Made for the I.C. Weygandt Company, New York, USA. On the other side is a serial number or stock number: No. 29907-10. Obviously from before World War II.
I started my research. The best came from the Vaillancourt Folk Art web site. Judi Vaillancourt makes hand-painted collectible chalkware figures from these old chocolate molds, for all major holidays — especially Christmas.
Now I understand better why Jim was seduced into buying the Reiche chocolate mold. He apprehends things of beauty and value with his eyes; I need research to tell me something is beautiful and valuable.
I spent some time to make a good ebay listing and the auction started yesterday. Just in case anyone is as ill-informed as me, I put a high reserve on the item so that it won't slip away from us for some ridiculous price.