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Gingerbread Mould

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4049
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1600 - 1750

Maker Information


This wooden gingerbread mould is English and probably dates from the 17th or early 18th century. Gingerbread hornbooks gave children an added incentive for learning their alphabet. In the words of a rhyme written by J. Crane in 1835,'The bakers to increase their tradeMade alphabets of gingerbreadThat folks might swallow what they readAll the letters were digestedHateful ignorance detested'.Breadcrumbs formed the main ingredient for gingerbread in the 17th century. It was pre-cooked and mixed with spices such as ginger, liquorice, aniseed and cinnamon. The mould gave the mixture shape. Gingerbread made in this way was not baked in an oven.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century or 18th century


Height:12.4 cm
Width:12 cm
Depth:3.5 cm