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Sale IT217 Lot 1500

BALD EAGLE PEWTER TWO-PART ICE CREAM MOLD, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY, FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH'S BIRTHDAY This four-part realistically cast pewter mold depicting a full-bodied American eagle with detailed feathers was probably cast in the 19th Century. In four parts, the eagle rests on a firm bulbous base with three handles surrounding the body of the eagle with two pins holding the base of the eagle firmly in place. The top of the eagle rests carefully on the base of the sculptural mold and features a solid handle and four hinges. This antique mold was originally cast for the purpose of pressing ice cream into the shape of an eagle - h:12.25 w:20.25 in.

Provenance: Private collection of Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. First Lady Rosalynn Carter hired Mesnier, who served 26 years under five presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. According to Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef's Secrets, Mesnier created stunning desserts for more than 40 queens, kings, princes, princesses and heads of state.
Most recently, the ice cream mold became a visually appealing centerpiece for formal White House events. On the occasion of George H.W. Bush’s birthday, Mesnier repurposed the antique mold to form an ice cream dessert in the shape of an eagle which was sprayed with chocolate or sugar work details to help the eagle appear to spring to life. According to Mesnier, when George H.W. Bush excitedly entered the room to find his birthday ice cream cake he found that the head of the eagle was missing. Flabbergasted, Bush realized his grandson spotted the beautiful bird on the table and hungrily bit its head off in eager anticipation of dessert!

Literature: Roland Mesnier and Mark Ramsdell, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef's Secrets (Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2019), p. 5.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Sold for $1,900.00

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