Description: A very nice and rather unusual vintage pewter ice cream or candy mold. When used, the mold would make a piece of ice cream or candy in the form of a candle in a holder with a finger loop. The mold is made of two halves held together with a hinge. The two halves re[resent the two sides of the form to give the three dimensional shape once the candy or ice cream comes out of the mold. Each of the two halves of the mold are equipped with short extension at the edge, which serve as thumb pieces to allow you to pry the mold open once the ice cream hardens. The extensions also serve to ensure the piece closes properly, since one of the halves has notches where the extensions from the other half fit to ensure the mold is in the right position when closed. The inside of the mold shows the details of the shape. The inside of the mold is smooth and well defined. The design shows great details and looks rather nice. It is marked with the raised lettering on the exterior of one of the halves, which spells S & Co. The two pieces fit well together when the mold is closed and the piece is in excellent condition. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely early to mid 20th century.
Origin: Was purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The base measures ~3 3/8" in diameter at the base, is ~4" at its widest where the hinge is, and is ~4 3/4" high. The mold weighs almost 1 pound and 2 ounces.
Maker: S&Co. New York.
Marks: Marked with the letters S & Co on the exterior of one of the halves.
Condition: The mold is in very good condition. The mold has no breaks or repairs. It is clean and works well. The exterior of the entire mold has few shallow dings and the piece has scratches and small minor dings throughout. In short, the exterior of the piece is soiled, has scratches, dings, and dust which could probably benefit from a good cleaning, but we leave that to discretion of the next owner. The piece also has some general wear mostly on the exterior commensurate with its age and utilitarian function. The inside is clean and the design is intact and looks great. Please see photo for additional condition information.