Old cookie cutters are one of the most wonderful and exciting kitchenware pieces to collect for several reasons. First, they evoke a warm memory from childhood of baking in the kitchen on a cold winter’s day with our loving grandma. Second, the shapes and styles are so diversified that you can’t seem to get along with owning just one. Sure, they look great in a wooden bowl or trencher but me thinks they look even better displayed on a board so they can be appreciated for their individual designs! With that said and imposing on Harry once again this unusual board was created to suit this purpose. You will receive all seven cutters along with this display board (***that can be purchased separately, see other listing***).
Some of the cutters date to the late 19th century (flat-back) while the others are from the 1920 period (open). Most of them possess a dark surface with the exception of the doggie who is a wee bit lighter than the rest. All of these pieces are in good overall condition without any breaks in the sheet iron to report. The dog, star and the tulip cutter are missing their strap handles but this so called, “mishap attribute” works in our favor as they were able to be mounted on a flat surface.
The special Pennsylvania cutter has two opposing tulips laid in a horizontal position which is a rarity as usually one of the tulips is always missing. This piece sports a crimped edge and has two opposing triangles as part of the design element that have also been applied separately. A twisted wire hanger with a loop at the top was attached to the heart cutter so it could be secured on the board by way of a nail. The oval cutter with the crimped edge has a series of vent holes in the middle while the flat-back star portrays one large vent hole in the center.
The wooden display was fashioned from pine and run through the planer to achieve a half inch thickness. The scroll top design feature just lends a whisper of folk art character to the otherwise plain board. In keeping to tradition, all of the edges were sanded to create an aged element that one would see on antique wooden objects. Lastly, a warm and mellow golden stain was applied to simulate the rich color in pieces fashioned from maple such as rolling pins and breadboards. I painted each nail the cookie cutters hang from individually to mitigate the shiny surface.
***If you would like to use this piece to decorate a wall, please let us know and we will add a couple of saw tooth hangers in the back for you at no charge!
This cookie cutter display piece can also be decorated for the holidays as you can just tuck in tiny greens either at the bottom where the protruding edges rest or behind them near the top. Adding small red berries would also accent the greens by lending color. This splendid gathering will render an instant collection of cookie cutters that you can set out immediately in your kitchen and enjoy for years to come. They will also be within an arms reach when you need them for baking ornamental holiday cookies for your tree! Enjoy!
Display board stands 12 ¼” tall, measures 12” across (right to left) and is ½’ thick. Square crimped flat-back cutter measures 3 ½” across (right to left), measures 2 ½” front to back and is ½” thick. Open star cutter measures 3” tall, measures 2 ¾” across (point to point) and is ¾” thick. Flat-back star cutter stands 3 ¼” tall, measures 3 ¼” across (right to left) and is ½” thick. Pennsylvania Dutch cutter stands 3 ½” tall, measures 2 ¾” across (right to left) and is ½” thick. Open heart cutter stands 3 ½” tall (including the wire extension), measures 2 ½” without wire, measures 2 ½” across and is ¾” thick. Doggie cutter stands 3” tall, measures 4” across (right to left) and is ¾” thick. Oval flat-back, crimped edge cutter stands 2 ¼” tall, measures 3 ½” across (right to left) and is ½” thick.