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Spot the difference!
Spot the real antique
I have bought a number of raised pie moulds which I regularly use and have seen many offered on Ebay, particularly the style known as 'French'
It is clear that some are new, and some are old, but I see many advertised as 'antique' when they clearly are not. This will be of little relevance to anyone who simply wants to use them to make pies, but kitchenalia collectors, or anyone simply wanting to feel they are using (and paying for!) an antique mould can be caught out.
Fortunately it is easy to differentiate the antique from the reproduction;
Antique pie moulds are hinged where the sides of the mould meet, and are secured by a removable metal pin, usually with a curled loop at the top of the pin to provide grip for removal. This loop is often distorted through use, but this is not a problem.
Pie moulds with the same sort of decorative pattern but where the sides are joined via flat metal flanges secured with spring clips are not antiques, and date from the mid-20th Century and later. In fact these can be bought through specialist kitchen suppliers new (even with enamelled and teflon non-stick coatings).
If you are buying a pie mould to use in your baking, then it makes little difference which you get - even one which has lost its fitted base can be used with a little care.
If you want to feel you are buying an antique, then make sure you go for a hinged one, if you just want to bake, any one will do. A genuine antique in good complete condition could well reach £140.00 on a good day. If you are bidding for a reproduction bear in mind that you can buy a brand new easier to clean teflon-coated reproduction mould for £80-£90.00 or a plain-sided oval mould for £35.00. (Or if you are not bothered about having fancy sides to your pie, just use a round loose-bottomed or springform cake tin!