Butter Mold

Date: ca. 1900

This small butter mold served the same purpose as the larger lollipop butter paddle just above it. It, too was used to press a decorative pattern onto butter. Note the highly intricate design. It features a large tulip head with two leaves at the side, and a decorative outline around the border. A butter mold is one of the few implements in which carving is not just decorative; it is essential to the purpose of the tool. People still use butter molds today to put a decorative design on butter or mold it into shapes.

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Medium: Wood (Pine, Popular)

Dimensions: H: 3 1/2 x Diam: 3 3/4 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.232

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Butter , Mold , Wood , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.