19th Century Hickory Nut and Foliage Butter Mold

19th Century Hickory Nut and Foliage Butter Mold


This is actually a butter mold with the carving of two hickory nuts (with their soft coat still intact), a multi-leaved hickory leaf and the remains of a female trailing catkin from which the hickory nuts are 'born'. It does look similar to a trailing strawberry design but the leaf and round nuts carved into the wood are not those of strawberries that have three-lobed leaves and almost heart shaped berries.

Found in Vermont, this was probably from a farm with a name like Hickory Hill Farms (still one of this name in New Hampshire) or Hickory Tree Dairy or some such name. Many time the design on the butter products produced by a dairy would reflect the name of the dairy for immediate recognition. This is a very nice butter mold with great patina from the oils in the butter and would make a great addition to your collection.It has a 4.5" diameter and stands - as shown - 6" tall.

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