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    Posted 6 years ago

    Lechineur
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    I bought these in a French flea market this morning. The stallholder said they were from a bakery and something to do with bread.
    The handles are turned wood and the metal spikes form a design. The wood part is around 5 inches tall and the spikes protrude by about 0.75 inches. They seem more suitable for biscuits than bread as the design is circular but usually the design is carved onto wood rather than made with spikes.
    I haven't been able to find anything similar online. Does anybody know exactly what these would be used for?
    Thank you

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Dentelle, fils noués? Sure someone will know for sure, I don't feel it for kitchen :-)
      Welcome to CW!
    2. Lechineur, 6 years ago
      Thanks.
      It's those spikes that are puzzling me.
    3. Hunter Hunter, 6 years ago
      Hmmm, if you stamped that into a thin piece of rolled dough, you would then have segments in those shaped you could easily pull apart (though why you wouldn't just want solid cutout lines, I don't know)....Curious.
    4. junkcollector junkcollector, 6 years ago
      I'm not sure what they actually are, but they would be great for stamping fabric for quilting/french knot design...What an idea for making, myself!
    5. junkcollector junkcollector, 6 years ago
      I wonder if the French make a flatbread similar to this https://breadcakesandale.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/los-angeles-peda-bread-a-version-of-armenian-matnakash/. Or, what about crackers? Otherwise, I start to wonder if they made wedding cakes and this was a pattern for icing... Actually, Not French here, but I think this is it! :) http://www.anitasfeast.com/blog/2012/04/the-art-of-uzbek-flatbread/
    6. Lechineur, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much junkcollector. I think that is exactly what they are. The French don't really have flat bread apart from Fougasse which is usually shaped into a sort of ear of wheat so I imagine somebody must have picked these up on their travels and brought them back to France. I appreciate your finding that information for me.
      All the best.

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