This wood mold is a great piece reminiscent of the rise of the industrial age from the late 1800s to 1920s. The mold is formed in the positive shape of a bottle; so I assume it was used for a sand cast. Writing on the back indicates that there would have been two pieces to the mold, but this one is wonderful to decorate with. Incised into the bottle mold is 11-IB-48. I assume that was the bottle company’s model number for that shape and size of bottle. I wonder if the IB stands for the Indiana Bottle Co.? The rectangular mold is 8 1/8” long and 3 3/8” wide. The bottle shape rises approx. 3/8” above the base. I think the wood is oak. There is quite a bit of red paint still on the face of the mold, and sometime along the way white paint dropped onto it. I just wish this piece would talk and tell us where it’s been. There is an eye affixed to the top for hanging; it appears to have been there a long time. The piece is in expected condition for something that had an industrial use, but it is so charming.
This would be great addition to your industrial or primitive collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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