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Images & Story from our good friend, Wilfried Probst

The model was part of the household of my grandparents in Stuttgart, Julie and Kurt Franckh. I think my grandmother got it from her parents (Fam. Schweizer), who also lived in Stuttgart.
I think it was family property for five to six generations. The model was used for Christmas cookery every year till about 1955.

Best regards, Wilfried Probst.

At the right is a treasured photograph of Wilfried's grandmother.

old photo of Julie Franckh, Wilfried Probst's grandmother
Above: Handwritten note from my friend, Wilfried.

Wilfried Probst
Wilfried Probst with this mold

This double sided mold measures 6 6/8" x 4 3/4" x 15/16" 4 images on one side and 9 on the other.
The initials iCF are on one side. Very fine detail showing signs of great workmanship. The wood is either fruit or nut.

5 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 3/8". A fine Springerle mold with history.

6" x 3 1/4" x 1/4". A fine Springerle mold that shows daily activities.

Some Springerle molds are simple in design.

Springerle book
Pages from an old German Springerle book.

Below is detail from one page.

book detail

I would like to thank my friend Wilfried for sharing these images and photos, and for the background story about his family's use of their special Springerle and the place the cookies had in their holiday and seasonal celebrations. You can almost see Wilfried's Great Grandmother in a warm cozy kitchen pressing Springerle for the holiday guests and family. Warmth and Love were surely in that kitchen.

Ken Hamilton
POB 842
Clinton, SC 29325

Phone: 828-380-0578

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