Pudding molds and food molds were a kitchen essential in the mid to late 1800's. Puddings were not only the creamy dessert we Americans love, but steamed corn breads, vegetable concoctions and various sweets and savories.
This stoneware mold is 2 3/8" high and 3" across and dates from about 1880. It is a maize yellow and has a swirl or "Turk's Cap" pattern. There is all over crazing. The three 'nicks' on the bottom rim are probably the result of the stilt marks.
This comes from rural Pennsylvania. I currently have a smaller mold, as shown in the last two photos. They can be shipped together.