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Gingerbread mould

Gingerbread mould

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1830-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved beech

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Alice B. Gomme

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122b, case 2

Object Type
Wooden moulds were use to impress patterns on the top surface of pieces of gingerbread. Gingerbread, a flat dry cake flavoured with ginger, was traditionally sold at fairs from medieval times until the 20th century. Pieces of gingerbread with gold leaf applied on top were called 'fairings'. There was a gingerbread stall at St Bartholomew's Fair, held in London every year from 1123 until 1850.

Subjects Depicted
This mould has a carved picture on each side. On one side is a horse-drawn coach with a driver. On the other is a man in a top hat on a hobby horse. This was an early bicycle without pedals, pushed along by the feet, which was in use between about 1817 and 1830.

Materials & Making
This mould is carved from beech, which was sometimes used for gingerbread but which was not as suitable as the more expensive boxwood, pearwood, applewood or other fruitwoods, which are smooth and hard when carved. There are patterns on each side to save on space and materials.

Ownership & Use
This mould was bought by a collector from an elderly baker in Lewes, East Sussex, in about 1890. It would have been used to make gingerbread for sale in the shop or at fairs.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1830-1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved beech


Height: 14 cm, Width: 20 cm

Object history note

Bought from a baker's shop in Lewes, in about 1891.England

Descriptive line

Ginger bread mould

Production Note

Bought from a baker's shop in Lewes, in about 1891.




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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