Thomas Mills & Brothers Hard Candy Molds. Also known as "Clear Toy" and/or "Barley Candy" Molds. The set includes 5 (Five) Original Thomas Mills & Brothers Molds. Dates from 1864-1963. The set includes 1 (one) Crow/Raven Mold, 1 (one) Pocket watch Mold, 1 (One) Flintlock Pistol Mold, 1 (One) Child with lantern Mold, And 1 (One) King's Crown Mold. T are two molds that i am not 100% sure of what they are. Those two are the "Child with lantern and King's Crown". They look like what i described but they could be something similar. Also t is one mold that is missing the T. Mills & Bro stamp, Either from wear and tear or it could be a different company. I am looking into it and will post the info asap. The best description is looking at the pictures yourself. If you need close up's of a mold, Please do not hesitate to message me. As with every vintage item i sell these molds will need to be cleaned/shined. I never clean any vintage item i sell due to obvious reasons.
German immigrants are credited with bringing clear toy candy to America. They originally settled in Pennsylvania. Clear toy recipes are traced back as early as 1772. This hard candy was originally called 'barley candy' because early candy makers used the cheaper and more readily available barley sugar instead of imported cane sugar. However in 1818, cane sugar became more accessible. With this, barley sugar would soon lose it's popularity. The literal name 'clear toy' was penned because of the candy's likeness to miniature people, animals, and other images. That is how the 'toy' was created. These toys acquired their 'clear' namesake from the clarity of the product. Most of the original molds were produced by Thomas Mills & Brothers (circa 1864) and V. Clad & Sons (circa 1863). They were made from a composition metal shaped from brass. Reproduction molds composed of cast-iron and aluminum are scarcely produced today. These molds lack the definition and detail of their predecessors. Sadly, many of today's clear toy is made from automated machines. These imitations are often only two sided in dimension and lack the quality and depth of the originals. (Courtesy of Sugarlips Candy Company)
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