Tinned iron chocolate mold with a butterfly style hinge from 1925 with date stamped as 2 . . . . . 5 (see all eight Photos of this item). Anton Reiche’s candy molds are among the most sought after tin molds in the collecting world. This mold was used for producing chocolate toy tobacco pipes in the style of the multisegmented pipes in common use in parts of Europe from the mid 1800s well into the 1900s. Some of these pipes had carved wooded stems and large porcelain pipe bowls. The pipe depicted by this mold, however may have had a stoneware pipe bowl based on the ribbed bands. The original adult multisegmented German tobacco pipes made in this style would have measured 10 to 16 inches long from mouth piece to bowl rim. In the mid to late 1900s, less durable examples of these tobacco pipes were made as souvenirs for tourists visiting Germany, however the craftsmanship was often inferior to the originals produced some 100 to 150 years ago.
This particular candy mold dates from 1925 according to the two digits stamped and flanking Anton Reiche’s trade mark. The mold is made of iron that has been coated with tin on both its inside and outside surfaces. The interior tin still retained a strong shine and gleam while the exterior surface is duller and shows wear from use and cleaning. The clasp that tightly holds the mold closed works as well as it did the first day the mold was finished. The clasp is attached by solder and solder is also used to attach the butterfly hinge and the two flat pieces that seal the pipe bowl rim (see all Photos). In all, there are eight separate mold parts as well as an iron hinge pintle that were joined together in order to produce the finished mold.
There are several markings on the exterior of the mold. It is stamped with the number ‘10189' (a model or stock number) on one half of the mold, and the words ‘ANTON REICHE’ over ‘DRESDEN’ set between the words ‘Trade’ and ‘Marke’ on the opposite mold half. Germany is not stamped into the mold and this suggests that the mold may have been produced for European consumption rather than for export to the United States. Examples of Anton Reiche’s less common candy molds have sold for $250 to $450 and higher. Traditional German pipes like the one listed here are less common from a search of the internet and typically can command similar values.
The last photo shows some clay tobacco pipes from the early 1700s to mid 1800s for comparison only (none of the pipes in the last photo are for sale here). There are two reeded stemmed American tobacco pipes from about 1850 (both at right side of Photo 9), a French gambier clay pipe form mid 1800s (in shape of a Moor’s head), a brown dipped English pipe (c1880), and a Dutch kaolin tobacco pipe (c1725). As noted, none of these clay tobacco pipes are for sale in listing. Only the tin coated iron chocolate pipe mold shown in the first eight photos is for sale here. So if you are looking for a special gift or unique collectible for that person who has most everything, then seriously consider this antique Chocolate mold in the shape of a toy tobacco pipe while it is still available. And as always, this mold also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to design a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let me take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This mold when closed tightly as if in use measures 6 3/4 inches long (maximum length) by 3 1/8 inches wide (on a perpendicular axis) and a maximum 1 1/4 inches thick at the bowl area. But when the mold is opened fully like a butterfly, then it measures a maximum 11 inches wide by 4 3/4 inches (on a perpendicular axis; see Photos). The mold is in perfect working order with a shiny and clean interior. The clasp works exactly as originally intended and tightly holds the mold closed. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this antique mold for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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