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Collecting Victorian Copper Jelly Moulds and Price Guide

victorian copper jelly moulds
Copper jelly moulds are among the most attractive and popular of all kitchenalia. The humble copper jelly mould came in a variety of shapes and sizes and became more and more elaborate over time. The moulds that were part of the batterie de cuisine of the larger houses sometimes bore the name  of the house or their owners initials.

An Oval Copper Jelly Mould Of Turret Form By Benham Froud
An Oval Copper Jelly Mould Of Turret Form By Benham & Froud. Sold for £90 at Mellors & Kirk, November 2018.

Moulds were made of copper and tinned on the interior and were used for the wide range of world recipes developing in the Victorian era including many jellies such as Constantia jelly and desserts such as Dutch Flummery and sponge puddings. Copper jelly moulds shapes varied from simple round forms, fluted forms, castellated forms, vertical asparagus forms, and animal shapes. The Alexandra Star shaped mould was named after Queen Alexandra Queen to King Edward VII. Some were created in tiers making larger moulds and some have central hollows to allow the creation of ring desserts.

Victorian Alexandra Cross circular copper jelly mould
A large Victorian Alexandra Cross circular copper jelly mould inscribed ‘Registered April 29, 1863’, 6 1/2″ high Sold for £160 at Durrants, March 2018.

Copper Jelly Mould Price Guide / Value Guide

Famous names in the creation of copper moulds include Benham and Froud, Copeland and Henry Loveridge. Fine copper jelly moulds remain collectables and prices vary depending on quality, maker, size and condition.