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Biscuit Cutters - The Centenary Fancy Biscuit Cutters, 1934 Object Reg. No: HT 14254

A tin containing six biscuit cutters including a club, heart, diamond, spade, and two outlines of Australia in different sizes, and a recipe for Centenary Shortbread. The item was produced as a souvenir of the Centenary of Melbourne & Victoria, in 1934.
This tin of biscuit cutters is one of many souvenirs produced to commemorate the Centenary of Melbourne & Victoria in 1934-35. Many of the souvenirs were domestic items: razor strops, notebook covers, plates, etc., to be used and displayed within the less-public parts of the home. This tin is designed for use in the kitchen, not for display in a souvenir cabinet. The use of the motifs from a pack of cards suggests that it was aimed particularly at women who were catering for card afternoons, bridge parties, etc.
Tin, rectangular in shape, containing six tin shapes that could be used to cut out biscuits from dough. Shapes include club, heart, diamond and spade, and two outlines of Australia in different sizes. There is a piece of thick paper, (soiled) on the base of the tin: on one side is the recommended placement of the shapes, and on the other side (readable when the tin is inverted) is a recipe for 'Centenary Shortbread'. The top of the tin is printed in shades of blue, gold, black and red, with images of the four suits and a map of Australia.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.00 cm (Height), 15.40 cm (Width), 9.90 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: celebrations, centenaries, cooking, domestic equipment, melbourne centenary 1935, victoria centenary 1934-1935
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Centenary of Victoria
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Text printed on lid of tin: THE CENTENARY/ FANCY BISCUIT CUTTERS 1834 1934/ MELBOURNE
Place & Date Made: Victoria, Australia, 1934


Mina Kali Posted on 01 Dec 2009 7:41 PM
[Explicit] , I would like to know where I can purchase a set of the club,hearts.spades and diamond biscuit cutters and the price??
Thank you
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Dec 2009 12:33 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Mina,

Your best chance of finding some of these may be by checking antique shops, op shops or even trying online and seeing if they are being offered for sale there. The Museum is not able to provide advice on where all the millions of items in our collections can be purchased. Good Luck.
C Adams Posted on 09 May 2013 5:25 PM
I have a mint set with tin and all cutters if you want a pic of it email me before it gets sold in the next three weeks .

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