This metal cake mold in the shape of a lamb originally belonged to my grandmother and was handed down to my late mother. Wonderful lamb cakes were an Easter dinner event. I am not into baking but would like to know its history and any value. The only mark on it are “No. 866. It used to have a box that it was kept in. It measures approximately 10” x 4.”

Your cast iron lamb cake mold was made by the Griswold Co. around 1921. It began in 1868 when the Sheldon brothers and Mathew Griswold, Erie, Pennsylvania began making a variety of cast iron items. The Company remained in the Griswold family and they began making cast iron cookware in the 1920s. Their cake molds weren’t signed, unlike their cookware. Your lamb cake mold originally cost $4.95. Today, as a rarity a collector price could be as much as $300.


I recently bought a Victorian era house and am trying to remodel and decorate with authentic period items. I was thrilled when I found this antique brass door knob with a dog head motif at a local flea market  The seller told me it was a rare, Victorian door knob known as the “doggie door knob “ It is 2 ¾.” I paid $150. What can you tell me about it?

If it was the rare “doggie door knob,” originally made in 1869 by Russel & Erwin Mfg. Co., New Britain, CT.  It would be made of bronze. These are considered the most collectible of door knobs and have sold at auction for more than $2,000. There have been reproductions made ever since. Door knobs became serious collectibles during The 1976 Bicentennial. To learn more contact the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America for Antique door knob possibilities for your house. Your reproduction shop price is around $200.


While going through my late mother’s kitchen items I found a plastic bag with cookie cutters. Most were plastic or tin, small cookie size. I remember the cookie shapes. However there was one very large and heavy tin one of a man on horseback. It measures 11” high by 8 ¾” wide, with a few dents and a little rust. What can you tell me about age and value?

American cookie cutters have a long history dating to the American Revolution.

The fact that yours is very heavy and the subject is a man on horseback are clues to its age and history. It is made of strong steel plate coated with tin. This dates it to the late 18th to early 19th century. The subject is known as “cavalry man.” One sold at auction several years ago for $425. Contact a Pennsylvania auction gallery, since that is probably where it was made. It is worth more today.

Do you have an antique item and need more information? For a personal reply send a photo, history, size and any signatures with self-addressed, stamped envelope and $25 to Anne Gilbert-Strawbridge, 1811 Renaissance Cmns. Blvd. #2319, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.