Wood (possibly mahogany)
Overall: 8 x 14 1/2 x 1 in. ( 20.3 x 36.8 x 2.5 cm )
carved: on obverse: "MANHATTAN" (above fire engine) and "8" (2 times on engine) carved: on reverse: ""SUPERIOR" (above fire engine) and "17" (on engine)
Rectangular wooden (possibly mahogany) cake board carved on one side with image of three firemen pulling Manhattan fire engine number 8 within a swag and star oval frame; reverse carved with image of three firemen pulling Superior fire engine number 17 within an oval foliate frame.
Molds created in New York were often elaborate and large, depicting major events of the day or simply embellished with symbols of luck and the new year. One of the most famous mold makers was John Conger, who was actually a baker by trade, but who oversaw a workshop of carvers in New York City that created some of the finest molds made in this country. Conger's period of activity ran from about 1825 to 1845. Conger molds have often survived in better shape than most because he used dense Honduran mahogany, which held up better under repeated washings.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.