Thursday, July 19, 2012

Collecting Butter Molds


Remember the antique strawberry butter mold I found this winter? Well, I recently bought him some friends... I think I might now officially collect butter molds.


 

There is a feathery starburst pattern...


A miniature mold with a tiny flower or thistle design (this one is in my dining room instead of displayed with the other molds in the kitchen).


A shaft of wheat.


And the one that started it all, the strawberry vine. How fun that butter used to be so fancy!



I think the patina of these old butter molds is just as beautiful as the hand-carved designs. Just think of how many (slightly buttery) hands have used it, over a hundred years ago.


They are a beautiful piece of history... and just perfect for decorating my little farmhouse style kitchen!

13 comments:

  1. Ellie, your collection in beautiful. I found my first butter mold at GOODWILL, if you can believe it, for $2.99. I have it displayed right now on top some antique leather bibles. I LOVE the look of all three of yours. I'll def. be on the look out now for more. Thanks for the inspiration : )
    Hugs ~
    Deanna

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  2. Love it! I recently started that collection too. They are beautiful. Your looks awesome

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  3. Great butter molds..
    I love the collection..

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  4. I have never heard of these.You have a great collection too!
    xx
    Anne

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  5. i have a few of these, too!
    it's so fun to stumble upon them and add to the collection.
    xoxo

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  6. These butter molds are absolutely charming! The carved motifs on each are little works of art. Good luck growing your collection, Ellie!

    Erin
    Carolina Country Living

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  7. They are just so cute! I picked up an old rectangular butter mold at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. It has the piece to press it with, but it is missing the knob. I just love it!! These ones you found are simply charming!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Becky

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  8. Just beautiful! I didn't know butter molds were so cute.

    Goedele

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  9. I have long wanted my grandmother's, but alas! I don't know who has it or if they could be persuaded to sell it. The mold was metal, but the print form was wooden with a rose carved into it. Then daddy made one for us that simply had ripples going out from the center. He must not have been as much a carver as my grandpa!

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  10. Hi Ellie! oh my gosh, I love them! And funny thing, didn't know I loved butter molds! until reading your post. So thank you - I think! :) Can't wait to call my mom to see if my grandmothers used these.
    have a great day,
    Robin

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  11. What a great collection! Wish I could find some of those around here. It will be fun looking for them, though!

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  12. So glad you shared this post of your pretty butter molds. This weekend I spotted one at a yard sale and because of your post I instantly knew what it was. I gladly paid the lady $1 and brought it home.

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