English Copper Oval Pie Mould

English copper oval pie mould with the Benham orb and cross as well as the pattern number, 23, embossed into the mould. It is decorated with an antlered buck and a doe as well as grass and trees.

Benham & Froud circa 1855-1924, Chandos St, London, describes themselves as general metal workers, art metal, and lamp manufacturers.  The famous ‘orb’ was adopted because the  firm made the present cross on the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1821 and it could be seen from the shop in London. ( that’s one story ) In 1821 they made the replacement orb and cross for St. Paul’s Cathedral it is 23ft high and weighs seven tons. The orb and cross trademark was used from 1855 to 1924 on pots, and cookware of all sorts including, kettles, spoons, roasters, and paochers.  The company apparently closed in London 1907 and may have moved to Birmingham.  Benham & Sons, Ltd., Benham & Sons, Wigmore St.,  Strafford House, Strafford Place Birmingham 12, were marketing cookware until late 20th century.