Santas ~ HOW SWEET IT IS!
As we turn the pages of Santa's Scrapbook, we find yet another
charming and popular
"Santa Claus" history----the once purposeful, and now highly
collectible antique chocolate
mold. The select few, who early on, found the intrigue of collecting these molds, would
proudly display them in their kitchens. Now, more than ever, the race is on to
acquire these prized molds, not only for show, but for
and papier mache castings. Though, it may sound shocking, some collectors have
paid $1000+ for that special rare piece.
These molds of St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Belsnickles and Santa
originally formed delightfully detailed and delectable chocolate candy for many
a children at Christmastime. Imagine the size of some of the grandest molds . .
. how about Anton Reiche's Father Christmas #11166 circa 1912 measuring in at a
SWEET 32" . . . that's a - lots - o' -
While 19th century Germans used papier-mache, early
Pennsylvania-Germans molded similar figures from plaster. Due to the fragility
of the early pap
pieces, collectors face the challenge of finding one in good condition . . .
moreover the inflated price-tag that goes with it.
Today, Hodgepodge Cottage offers Chalk-o-late Santas and
affordable chalkware castings from the same
treasured antique molds --each uniquely
hand-painted, signed, numbered and dated.
With many Chalk-o-lates to choose
from, you can start your own collection of tomorrow's heirlooms----what better
way of linking directly to the past! Special custom-color-scheme orders are
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