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Antique wood sugar mold 4 hole cast iron stand

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Nowadays people use these old sugar molds as decor mostly, for example as organizers or to hold utensils for a party or as candle holders (which someone clearly did with this one). Whether you use it for its intended purpose or concoct a new one, it's a great reminder of culinary history.

Once upon a time these were actually used to make sugar cones. Raw sugar cane syrup was poured into the depressions, then allowed to dry into raw brown sugar cones, which is how sugar was once sold to consumers. To use, the sugar was chipped off from the cone and sifted to the desired level of fineness. The cones are still made and sold in Mexico and Latin America, as are the molds, and the sugar is still used in the tequila-making process.

This one has seen a lot of cane sugar I think, judging from the exquisite patina and age marks of the wood. It has 4 holes, and measures 11-3/8" wide x 4-1/4" high (finished cones would be 3-1/2") x 2-3/4" deep. It sits on a wrought iron stand that measures 6" wide x 4" high x 5-3/8" deep at the arced legs.

Condition is fantastic for the age, the dings and gouges to the wood being completely normal for getting the sugar out of the molds--no non-stick spray in those days! There's a crack in the wood that you can see in the last pic (top) on the right side, which continues around that side, but I inserted a stickpin in the crack and it doesn't seem to have penetrated to the cone area. If it has, and you plan to use this for making cones, some wood filler should do the trick to stop that up. Also, as already mentioned, someone has used this as a candleholder so there's wax residue in the depressions that shouldn't be a big deal to remove. And finally, I don't think the metal holders with the candles in them are original to the mold since they're squared off at the bottom, not cone-shaped (and from my research, I believe the sugar was poured right into the wood).

Antique wood sugar mold 4 hole cast iron stand


  • Materials: wood, wrought iron
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