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"Pudding Mold"

Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Wolmensdorf
2 1/8" x 12" x 5" (5.4 cm. x 30.5 cm. x 12.7 cm)
Earthenware, red, lead-glazed
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1979.900.10
Footed earthenware mold in the shape of a fish with its head and tail lifted. Scales and eyes are impressed on the inside of the mold, mouth and tail striations are raised. Glaze is orange to brown and is on interior only. Outside bottom and transverse feet are unglazed.
Label:Molds like these were formed by pressing a slab of green, or unfired, clay over a positive form made from wood, plaster, or fired clay.
Provenance:G. L. Ballantyne, Middlesex County, Va.; Pembroke Antiques, Hampton, Va.
Mark(s):"Willoughby Smith/Wumelsdorf" is impressed on the bottom.