Early Masonic Butter Mold / Press

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This early bronze butter mold was used to press butter pats on plates for upscale dinner events.   It measures  3 1/2 inches wide by 5 inches tall and is 1/2 inch thick.   We don't think that it was a mold for pouring brass or the Letter "G" would be connected to the sides of the Square and Compasses for support.

Ice cream molds were popular in the early 1900s and came in a wide variety of subjects, from fruits and vegetables, through common household items like shoes and floral bouquets, to more esoteric items like playing cards and fraternal lodge insignia, and even popular holiday figures like George Washington (July 4), a witch (Halloween) and Santa (Christmas). Their popularity declined after WWII.

Although the terms "Chocolate mold" and "butter mold" are frequently used in referring to these items, they are incorrect.  Molds for those substances are manufactured differently out of different materials. Chocolate molds are normally stamped out of sheet metal and plated. Butter molds are usually made of wood, or more rarely, glass.

A special "Thanks" to Brother Steve Kapp (kalbo on Ebay) for submitting the pictures of this early butter press.  Steve is a Master Mason and Masonic collector affiliated with the below Masonic bodies:

Leonard Wood Lodge No. 105, Angeles City, Philippines
Cavite York Rite, Cavite, Philippines
Okinawa Scottish Rite, Okinawa, Japan  (Valley of Okinawa and Guam) Aloha Temple, Honolulu, Hawaii


         

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