Mammy string holder with confusing dateBy

Mammy string holder
with confusing date

This mammy string holder is another case of a reproduction carrying a mark that confuses the age. When the mold for the reproduction was taken from the original, the original copyright date of 1941 was either deliberately or unintentionally included. Now the date is part of the new mold. Every new piece made in the new mold will have this old appearing date as a permanent mark.

This sample was purchased for $32 from the exclusive sellers of this product. Although we couldn't find the original from which the mold was made, the sellers say that the original was paper mache or composition.

The type of plastic from which this piece is made wasn't in use in 1941; widespread commercial use of plastics for general items like kitchen novelties didn't become common until the 1950s.


Fig. 1 String holder made of cast resin (plastic). Painted decoration off-red dress, yellow scarf, white apron. Distressed antique finish looks old. 4″ X 7″. The surface texture is open and porous and at first glance resembles paper mache or cardboard composition more than plastic.


Fig. 2 Inside close up of new plastic stringholder. Note the copyright date of 1941. Copyright date and Made in USA in raised lettering.