Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

It's Vintage Thingie Thursday and time to share those things that make us happy, that make us smile, that make our husbands wonder why.....
My VTs today are butter molds. These wooden molds were both useful as well as decorative. The molds were soaked in water before adding the butter to them. This helped to keep the butter from sticking and made it easier to unmold. The earliest presses were hand carved and can be found in various motifs from cows to geometric designs. This round variety of molds came in 2 lb, 1 lb, 1/2 lb, and pat sizes.
The 1897 Sears Roebuck catalogue shows similar molds selling for 12-22 cents for the 1/2 lb size with the 1 lb size listed for 13-25 cents.

You can check out other fabulous finds by clicking on the VTT button on the sidebar. It will take you to Suzanne's blog-Colorado Lady.

26 comments:

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh wow, my sister would be green with envy right now, if she saw your butter molds! She has been collecting them, but lately they are just too expensive!

Bea said...

Makes our husbands wonder why...For Sure! LOL! I've got to get me a butter mold or two.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What a a cool thing to have!
It would be fun to mold butter for a gathering when fresh hot bread was made.

bj said...

Old butter molds are so neat. I have one but not as nice as this..

LV said...

I am glad you shared the butter molds with us. I do not recall these as much as the little wooden box type that you pushed and pulled when making the mold. Thanks for stopping by my post.

Joan said...

I love these. Thanks for a blast from the past.

Coloradolady said...

These are great. Can you imagine the price now? I love this and you are right...makes our husbands wonder why...I know that is true with mine.

Have a great VTT!

Postcardy said...

Those are very interesting, I haven't seen them before.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

How interesting! I wonder if those were used in the home or if they were more for people who sold butter? I know that in the very old days ladies would try to make some "butter and egg money" and it was about the only way they could get any spending cash themselves!

Roslyn said...

I used to help churn the butter, & we used decorative carved wooden paddles to shape the butter!There is nothing like fresh churned butter.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

LOVE..LOVE..LOVE your butter moulds..never seen anything like them :)

fortheloveofthrift said...

How interesting, I've never seen these before. I've decided every girl needs a butter mold...

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

LOL, looking at these I found myself on the back porch of the farmhouse churning butter and using Granny's beautiful old square butter molds.
These are so pretty.

Robin said...

These are pretty neat and you gotta love the prices back then!

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Oh...I love your butter molds! Great vintage share! LOL...Hubbys are a funny little vintage group of their own aren't they? Love your bloggie home...coming to visit again and again!

Kellie said...

OK, those are really cool. I've never seen a butter mold before!

Miri said...

Wonderful butter molds! and thanks for explaining how they used...I always wondered how they got the butter out of the large molds!

CC said...

Ohhhh, I love butter molds..they're another favorite thing. They're getting harder and harder to find though....yours are just wonderful. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

the wild raspberry said...

i love your butter molds!! they are so pretty. i would love to have my grandma's butter mold {sigh}
your husband comment made me laugh~after my 4-hour shopping event...my hubbie said "it took you four hours to get that?!"
ha.
chasity

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

While I can imagine the butter must look lovely sitting on the table, I'm glad for us gals we can open up a box of butter and throw the stick on the table.
Thanks for sharing -- I do enjoy seeing all the treasures you have.

Susan said...

I think butter molds are so pretty but would have only used them for special times. Thanks for all the information on coppercraft; i had no idea of their existence.

Kristine said...

Ooooh I have some of these and I am so glad to know how they were used. My mother loved them and I got them when she passed away. I have always loved them and knew they were butter molds, but wondered how they got the butter out of them. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to go and get mine out of the cabinet and look at them now!

Kristine

Keetha Broyles said...

Ooooo oooooo ooooo - - - and I have a ROUND butter dish that would have been used with the round butter that came OUT of these molds. I took pictures of my butter dish and will be showing it at some future VTT.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

gosh.. i never see a butter mold before.. yours are so cool! thanks for sharing & have a great weekend! I am already late for my VTT

House of Hullabaloo said...

I got my Granny's butter mold. I love it as much as I love Butter! I think we have a lot in common!

Kris Dickinson said...

My grandmother had a butter mold just like this! Thanks for posting a memory for me. - Kris