COLLECTING COOKIE CUTTERS OF THE PAST AND
are you have at least one cookie cutter in your kitchen
drawer already. Perhaps it's a gingerbread man that
you bring out every Christmas season. Or maybe a
treasured cutter that came from your mother or grandmother.
Collecting cookie cutters is a pleasurable hobby for many
people. Why not consider this for yourself or as a fun
activity or hobby that can be shared with a young child.
Some of the benefits of choosing to collect cookie
- Only a modest budget is needed to get started
- Their small size doesn't require a lot of space for
- Cutters can be utilized in the kitchen in your
- A huge selection to choose from
- Old cutters are still easily found
- New cutters still being manufactured every day
There are a wide variety of cookie cutters available and
you might wish to narrow your focus by choosing one theme,
motif, material or season.
TYPE OF MATERIAL
TIN COOKIE CUTTERS - These figural cookie
cutters were made in the 19th and early 20th century and
usually had flat backs with or without strap handles.
They were made by tinsmiths and come in a wide variety of
shapes. these cutters usually have a very primitive
appearance. They are usually 3/4-inch to 1-1/8-inch deep.
Air holes usually range in number from one to several, as shown
below. Sometimes the air holes are small punched holes
in a pattern, such as a star pattern below.
Front View - Notice the hole which allows air to
escape and where a finger can be used to push
the cookie out of the cutter.
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Back View - Notice the strap handle
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View - Crimped pie crust edges with air
holes in a star pattern - Notice the
soldering on the handles
ALUMINUM COOKIE CUTTERS - Many of the cookies cutters made from the 1930s onward
are produced from stamped aluminum. The handles are in
various forms: pinch-it strap handles, punched out slits,
riveted-on strips and small wooden knobs. These could
be found individually in a variety of shapes and also in
themed sets such as Christmas, Bridge or Numbers. The
details on these cutters are not very defined, they are
usually shallow and they have dull edges. The deeper
cutters were used for cutting canapés.
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cookie cutter with red rivet-on Handle
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cookie cutter with green wooden knob handle
and part of original label still attached
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gingerbread man with stamped details
PLASTIC - Plastic cookie
cutters made from molds began to appear in the 1940s and
this is the predominate method by which new cookie
cutters are produced today. The plastic cutters
can be found in an assortment of colors that range from
transparent to opaque, with the depths ranging from very
shallow with details to approximately 1 inch thick with
THEMES AND MOTIFS
There are many possibilities available should you decide
to collect a particular theme or motif of cookie cutter.
Build a collection around a single theme: Holidays,
Animals, Nature, Seasonal, Circus, Biblical, Disney or other
animated characters, Comic strip characters and Sports are
just a few that you'll find.
Choose a certain shape and see how many different ones
you can find: Stars, Hearts, Hands, Cats, Santas,
Leaves or Gingerbread Men.
You might choose to collect only animals or those with a
circus theme if you frequently bake cookies for
children--these are two topics that kids are always
delighted with no matter what the form. Numbers and
alphabet sets are fun for kids too.
Cookie cutters based upon seasonal themes and holidays
are abundant: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter,
Halloween, 4th of July and every other small holiday in
between are represented by hundreds, if not thousands, of
antique to modern cookie cutters. There are snowflake
cutters for winter, sunflower cutters for summer and pumpkin
cutters for fall. Check out the cookie cutters of
other countries as their holidays are often different than
those in the U.S.
COOKIE CUTTER SETS
Collecting cookie cutter sets in their original boxes is
also fun because you get the additional benefit of the
vintage graphics and illustrations. The front of the
box for the Easter set below suggests that the cutters could
also be used for cutting cheese, cranberry jell, thin slices
of bread or art clay. They may also be referred to as
cake or sandwich cutters.
6 Metal Cooky Cutters for Easter
WHERE TO FIND COLLECTIBLE COOKIE CUTTERS
You get your collection started by buying new cookie
cutters or searching for old ones in thrift stores, garage
sales, flea markets or antique stores.
The best source in
the world for old cookie cutters is
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