||xMention the word "reproduction" to a serious collector, and you are bound to see a tear well up in the corner of his or her eye. Reproductions, or "repros", as they are commonly reffered, have burned just about every collector. Whether you are new to collecting or are a seasoned veteran, you have probably come into contact with repros. Just listen as you walk through an antique mall, antique shop, or through an auction preview, and you will hear someone discussing whether or not an object is truly original. Dolls, cast iron toys, mechanical banks, glassware, maps, furniture, license plates and yes, even cookie boards are being reproduced. If there is money to be made, then someone out there is willing to try to copy antiquities and sell them on the antiques market. There are companies in Europe which can machine carve thousands of cookie boards in one day. These molds are obvious to seasoned collectors, as they lack basic patina and marks from tools used to hand-carve molds. You have probably seen them in the antique malls and on eBay. These molds are so poor in quality that sellers identify the same image with multiple names. One seller might call the image a rabbit, while others will identify the same image as a giraffe, camel, dog, cat, etc...
XFor the purposes of this website, I will address repros as they relate to cookie and cake boards. This will not include the new, collectible pottery cookie molds, such as Pampered Chef, Brown Bag, Hartstone, etc..., nor will it include any discussion about legitimate copies of old cookie molds. There are two companies in particular, House on the Hill and Martha Stewart, which are selling very nice cookie molds that are, in fact, exact copies of early cookie molds. These companies provide collectors and bakers with an affordable way to collect molds which also work perfectly in the kitchen.
xxWhen it comes to wooden cookie boards, repros can be divided into five basic categories: wax, plaster, metal, resin, and wood reproductions. Oftentimes the differences are not easy to distinguish.
XAs a beginning collector, all cookie boards I came across looked good to me. Size, shape, design and whether or not they were carved from wood made very little difference to me. Every mold looked new and interesting and I scooped them up as fast as I could find them. Soon, every antique shop from Iowa to Pennsylvania had been cleansed of cookie boards, as they were now hanging on my walls. As time went by, I learned how to appreciate the better cookie and cake boards. After handling and looking at literally hundreds of boards, I found that the cheap reproductions had no place in my collection. Now the only reproductions I own are new boards carved by skilled craftsmen who continue this age-old tradition.
XOn this page are links to the five different categories of reproductions. I will continue to add more photographs to each category as I come across different examples of reproduction cookie boards.