Chocolate Mold Manufacturer Marks & Trademarks

old antique metal chocolate mold Father Christmas Santa for sale mark

 

 

Note:  Not all manufacturers of the chocolate molds marked their molds, and those that did were not consistent. Usually the manufacturers numbered their molds; the number denoted the catalog number so the buyer knew what he was getting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Chocolate Mould Co. Inc., Lancaster, PA. :1910-Present.  American Chocolate Mould Company was one of the leading manufacturers of “flat” or “plate” chocolate molds located originally on Lafayette St. in Manhattan, N.Y.  Today, American Chocolate Mould Company is one of the leading suppliers of confectionery industry equipment in the United States and acts as a service organization to the confectionery industry. Below is an example of one of the marks used by The American Chocolate Mould Company, another of it’s marks was the letters “ACMC” in an oval.

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Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

Eppelsheimer & Co., New York, NY.  The largest manufacturer of chocolate molds and ice cream molds in the United States from 1880 – 1947.  Eppelsheimer’s mark was a child’s spinning top with “MADE IN U.S.A.” under it.  The mold number generally appeared either under or above the mark.  Occasionally Eppelsheimer marked his molds by stamping “EPPELSHEIMER & CO. N.Y.” on them. Only very few of Eppelshiemers’ molds were dated; the date was usually spelled out; for example “NOV 1938.”

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Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Hans Bruhn & Co., Hamburg, West Germany, from 1951-1960.  Hans Bruhn was an exporter of chocolate machines and joined forces with Alfred Reiche in 1951 to produce chocolate molds made from plattinol, an alloy developed to replace steel that might rust.

hans bruhn mark

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

Heris, Herisformen, Nuremberg, Germany: 1900-1960.  Heris marked only a few of his molds, most were marked only with the number and an “A” or “B” to designate the size difference available.

heris mark

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

Hornlein, Walter, Schwabisch-Gmud, Germany. 1948-present.  Hornlein’s mark was a French horn as seen below.  He also used a small squirrel with his name stamped next to it using a lower case “h”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Kutzscher, F. W., Schwarzenberg, Germany, 1900-1929.  Kutzscher’s mark was done two different ways: below “F.W. KUTZSCHER JUN, SCHWARZENBERG ” in two lines and (not pictured) “F.W. KUTZSCHER JUN, SCHWARZENBERG ” in a single line.

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Laurosch, J.G., Schwabisch, Germany. 1875-1966.  Laurosch’s mark was an ellipse, stamped inside with “LAUROSCH, SCHW. GMUND”.

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

LeTang, Fils, Paris France. 1832- present.  LeTang used two different marks: on his ‘flat’ or ‘tray’ molds he stamped “LETANG FILS, 108 R. VIELLE Du TEMPLE PARIS” on two lines, on some molds you will find a small oval stamped with a number inside indicating the year the mold was made; on his 2-piece molds he stamped “LETANG FILS, R. VIELLE DU TEMPLE” in an oval shape with “108” in the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Matfer, Paris, France, 1814-present.  Matfer’s mark until 1965 was a shield that bore the company’s name “Matfer” and the country of origin “France”.  In 1965 it was changed to a shield stamped “QUALITE” guaranteeing the quality of the chocolate mold.  In 1998 the metal chocolate molds were replaced by polycarbonate molds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Reiche,Anton, Dresden, Germany.  1870-1960.  U.S. agent T.C. Weygandt, 1885-1942. Anton Reiche’s molds are the most sought after in the collecting world.  Below are several examples of the marks Reiche used. Some were dated by placing one digit before the mark and another after; for example a “3” before his mark and a “0” after his mark meant the mold was made in 1930. (Note:  all Reiche molds exported to the U.S. went through T.C. Weygandt and were marked by him as seen below.  A mold may not have Reiche’s mark, but if it has T.C. Weygandt’s mark it is an Anton Reiche mold, first sold in the U.S.)

(note: the word “BORTZ” pictured below is the name of a candy company that owned this chocolate mold)

reiche trade mark german old chocolate moldAnton Reiche Mark 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Riecke & Co, Dresden, Germany. 1910-1936.  Riecke’s mark was stamped on the chocolate mold “RIECKE & Co DRESDEN”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Sommet, E., Paris, France. 1882-1962.  Sommet’s mark was a “dancing dolphin,” reminiscent of a renaissance stylized dolphin, shaped like an S.  On some of his molds you might find a diamond with a number inside indicating the year the mold was made or stamped with an “L”  (Liter) followed by a number.  Sommet’s molds that were marked with the “L” were made to be used for both chocolate and ice cream and the number referred to the number of liters of ice ceam it takes to fill the mold.    In the 1960’s Sommet changed their mark to a rising sun behind a mountain stamped “FRANCE”.

 

 

manufacturer trade mark sommet france

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Vormenfabriek, Tilburg, Holland. 1921- Present.   In 1953 Vormenfabriek took the trademark “VORMENFABRIEK TILBURG-HOLLAND” on two lines, sometimes followed by two digits indicating the year the chocolate mold was manufactured; for example, “72” indicates the mold was produced in 1972.

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Van Emden Co., New York City, New York.  Van Emden did not manufacturer chocolate molds; he was the sole agent for Hermann Walter in the U.S.  Like T.C. Weygandt for Anton Reiche, Van Emden marked the Walter molds “VAN EMDEN CO., NEW YORK.  If a chocolate mold carries this mark it was made by Walter and first sold in the U.S.)

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Walter, Hermann, Berlin, Germany. 1866-1970.   The trademarks Walter used changed through the years of chocolate mold manufacturing :  1920 – “V.O. Hermann corp. New York” or “H. WALTER BERLIN” in two lines;  1928 – “H. WALTER BERLIN” in an oval;  1948 – “ERICH BONCK BERLIN NEUKOLLN” and in 1958 returned to “H. WALTER BERLIN”.

Note: Walter was the only manufacturer that put his mold number on the inside of the flange as pictured above. If there are no manufacturer’s marks on the mold but the number is on the inside of the mold instead of the outside, it is a Walter mold.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds

 

Weygandt, T.C., New York, NY. 1943 -1968.  Weygandt was the sole U.S. agent for Anton Reiche chocolate molds from 1885-1942.  When Germany began preparing for war in the 1930’s, Weygandt was unable to get chocolate molds from Reiche and began manufacturing molds himself, initially copying known Reiche designs.  He eventually developed his own molds.  Weygandt’s early molds were marked “T.C. WEYGANDT Co. NEW YORK” on two lines.  Most of Weygandt’s molds have no manufacturer’s marks, just 3 digit numbers.  Characteristic of his later molds is a flange that appears to be cut in a ‘V’.  Pictured below is the characteristic “V” on the lamb mold and an example of his numbers on the rabbit, usually found on the top portion of the chocolate molds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

Chocolate Moulds A History & Encyclopedia by Judene Divone

The Chocolate Mould by Henry & Laure Dorchy

Dad’s Follies Reference Library & Molds