Age: late 19th or early 20th century
Size: 10 3/4" x 6 3/4"
Wood Type: possible cherry
Note: According to Annette Hillringhaus, curator of the Museum der Brotkultur (Museum of Bread Culture), Ulm , Germany, this type of cookie board, with a frame added around the edges, is used for making lebkuchen. Here is what she had to say about this mould, "The dough of this cookie is very thick, heavy, and glutinous. To keep it in the right shape while using the mould these frames are very helpful. Sometimes, if there was no frame around the mould, the owner added one himself or had one attached. If you have a framed mould made of a single piece of wood it was probably produced that way by the carver. Moulds were (are) articles for everyday use, so people changed them often the way they could handle them best. We also have some pieces in our collection which broke by using it too often, so they were "mended" by putting around an iron band or were attached to another wooden board on their backs."