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Charming Christmas Cookie Cutters

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Question: I found this set of Christmas cookie cutters priced $20 at the Springfield (Ohio) Antique Show & Flea Market. The box indicated they were made by Aluminum Specialty Company in Manitowoc, Wis. Was the price a good buy?

Answer: Aluminum Specialty Company produced Alumode-brand kitchenware and Kiddykook-brand toy kitchenware in the 1950s. This set of Christmas cookie cutters -- also "ideal for party sandwiches" -- dates back to that decade. The company's other products included a doughnut maker and molds for making gingerbread houses. Aluminum Specialty Company's most famous product was its space-age Evergleam-brand aluminum Christmas tree. Introduced in 1959, it became a 1960s sensation and cultural icon. In that decade, the company produced more than one million aluminum trees as well as color-wheel projectors and revolving tree stands. The tree's design was simple: aluminum branches tipped with aluminum-foil needles inserted into a wooden trunk. These items are more collectible and command a higher price. As for the company's cookie cutters, $20 is a fair price.

-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News