The original antique mold from which this reproduction is made is from the private collection of Christa Fischer. It is displayed on pp. 136-37 of her book Stolze Reiter, Schoene Damen
The original is dated 1816 and came from a confectioner in Esslingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. Over generations, this mold was used in the confectionery factory for the manufacture of typical Swabian Springerle. Confectioners in the 19th century needed to simplify the cookie-making process t in order to reduce the cost of making a single cookie. As a result, this mold contains 42 different images.
Interestingly, the 36 different bird images cannot always be assigned to a particular bird, hence the name "Paradise Birds". One can only wonder why the bottom row of pictures depicts aquatic life.
Thanks to one of our customers, it is possible to identify some of the birds. Here goes:
- Row 1: Bittern, Heron, bird, bird, Stork, bird of prey.
- Row 2: bird, Swallow, Magpie, Hoopoe, Ostrich, bird of prey
- Row 3: Cuckoo, bird, bird of prey, bird of prey with young, bird, Goose on nest
- Row 4: Rooster, lark, Auerhahn, bird, bird, bird
- Row 5: bird, bird of prey, Pigoen or Dove, Chat, bird of prey, Stork, Snipe
- Row 6: bird, bird, Swallow, bird, bird, Heron
Some images also are sold separately by Springerle Joy with corresponding mold number in parentheses. The first six rows are an assortment of birds. The last row is also sold separately as Water World (8092) (from left to right): mermaid, merhorse, crab or lobster (also sold separately as mold 3508), two fish on a plate, fish in circle (also sold separately as mold 3196), just-caught fish on a river bank.
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