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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:33:17 AM

HELP... I love vintage rolling pins!!! I've had this one for a long time. I've always wondered what it was used for. At first I thought it was for pastry to make the imprint on dough such as for cookies, pie crusts etc. But then I thought that the holes would be too deep and getting the dough out of every hole would be a pain in the neck. Then I thought it might be used for crafts. A thought was for clay in pottery. I also thought maybe inking it and rolling it over paper etc. It doesn't look like ink has touched it though. Each section of the rubber spins on it's own for whatever reason, I don't know!
Do any of you have any thoughts as to what this was used for?


ROLLING PIN



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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:44:13 AM
Is it for springerle?



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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:46:48 AM

Is it for springerle?


I think it is.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:56:00 AM
LOL! I would look at that, ink it up, and use it as a rolling background stamp.

I have never seen a rolling pin like that. It's beautiful.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:58:11 AM
That's what I originally thought but I'm not too sure now. The ones that I've seen online doing a search (google images) have all been one piece where the pattern is. This has 4 sections that each spin on it's own. I've never seen a springerle rolling pin that wasn't one piece.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:58:50 AM
I have seen some with separate rollers. Let me see if I can find a picture.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:59:00 AM
Looks like it's for making Scandanavian cookies -


http://www.lefsestore.com/springerle.html

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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:59:29 AM
I'd hate to add ink to it without knowing what it actually is. I love vintage items and would hate to change what it actually is... but it would look cool!!!



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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:02:04 AM

Looks like it's for making Scandanavian cookies -


http://www.lefsestore.com/springerle.html


But they all seem to be one solid piece. Why would this have 4 different sections that roll separately? It's weird because you really can't use them individually when you roll it. Maybe someone was a bit loopy when they made this!!! It probably is for the cookies.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:05:49 AM

I would simply have never recognized it for what it really is...my automatic default would be to 'mmm, must be a rolling stamp'

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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:09:50 AM

Try posting it on one of the antique message boards, they usually have a 'does anyone know what this is' section.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:22:44 AM
Springerle. I think my mom still has one of those.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:27:23 AM
I found a site where the guy collects Springerle rolling pins and molds. I emailed him my pictures. Maybe he'll have a clue. If it is a Springerle rolling pin, it must take hours to get the dough out of those holes! They're deep!!!



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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:47:46 AM
huh.... I would think that Springerle rollers would be more decorative- at least the ones I've seen were... my Grandma had one, and the individual carved sections are more 'figural' (meaning, birds, flowers, etc.

It's strange that the sections roll individually-- perhaps it's for rolling some sort of pasta or noodles??




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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:54:26 AM
What popped into my mind is something for rolling bread, possibly cutting out holes in dough to "vent" during baking.

I casually collect vintage rolling pins & a few springerle pins & have never seen anything like this. Now I am curious too.




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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:59:21 AM
Do the handles screw off? Is it possible that the individual sections were meant to be interchangeable so that the person could roll more than one pattern at a time?


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:30:30 AM
Springerle! I have a couple, too. You can see where the lines are is where the cookies will break apart when cooled. Neat pattern - unusual.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 11:38:27 AM
Just a guess but I think it might be for some type of a cracker or flatbread.
I'm guessing the reason all of those rings turn independently is because it would keep the dough from sticking and lifting with the roller. Totally guessing though, what an interesting find!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 11:54:16 AM
Springerle.

Recipe :

4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon anise oil or 1 teaspoon anise extract
4 cups all-purpose flour


Preparation:

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or use the Silicone Baking Mats to prevent the cookies from sticking. I personally recommend that you use the Silicone Baking Mats as nothing sticks to them. Avoid insulated cookie sheets as they will cause the Springerle cookies to brown during baking.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs on high speed of your electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add sugar, butter, and baking powder; beat at high speed for 15 minutes, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in anise oil or extract. Gradually beat in flour until well mixed.

Lightly flour your springerle rolling pin; set aside.

On a lightly floured board, knead the dough a few time (the dough will be sticky at first, so knead in just enough flour to make it manageable. Using a standard Rolling Pin, roll into a rectangle about 1/2-inch thick.

Using your floured Springerle Rolling Pin, roll slowly and firmly over the previously rolled dough to make a clear design.

Using a sharp knife, cut cookies apart and trim off outside edges. Place cookies on your prepared cookie sheets.

Roll out scraps of dough and repeat. NOTE: Be sure to flour the rolling pin and board before each pressing. This will insure the dough will not stick.

Place cookies on your prepared cookie sheets. Let cookies stand, uncovered, overnight to dry.NOTE: Drying preserves the image during baking.


When ready to bake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place oven rack in middle of oven.

Bake one (1) baking sheet at a time only. Bake approximately 10 minutes until slightly golden on bottoms, but white on top. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to wire cooling rack to cool (let cookies stand overnight to completely dry before storing).

Storage: Keep cookies in a tight container for 2 or 3 weeks before using to achieve the best flavor.

Yields: The number of cookies this recipe yields depends on the size and thickness of your Springerle cookies.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:00:34 PM
At first I was thinking for rolling paint on the wall and making your own "wall paper", which was common in apartment buildings around here in the 70s and 80s. But it is not the right design.

So now I am thinking it is for crackers. Each cracker would have the 5 large holes.

I have several of the springerle rollers, both mine and my grandmothers, and it does not look anything like our rolling pins.

Looking forward to hearing what it is for. Interesting find!

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Posted: 2/18/2013 1:10:49 PM
crackers sounds like a viable answer to me, too- I'll be interested to hear if you get an answer!

I really don't think it's for springerle... the pattern in your rolling pin isn't 'decorative' enough for those, in my opinion. Springerle rollers were usually more decorative (with figures or flourishes, at least), and were sometimes even 'painted' after baking with colored glazes, since they were most often made at Christmastime.




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Posted: 2/18/2013 1:31:02 PM

Do the handles screw off? Is it possible that the individual sections were meant to be interchangeable so that the person could roll more than one pattern at a time?

nope. While trying to do that I found that at each tip there's a metal piece that says something like:
PUNK ROLLER
DPA
Schutzmarie
Punktauf der Stirn
It may be a little off because some of the letters are very worn. I used my Grandmothers magnifying glass to see closer!



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Posted: 2/18/2013 1:59:54 PM
I am inclined to think that it is meant to be used with something like paint (walls? fabric?), especially since the rollers are rubber and the whole thing does not appear to be food-safe. If you envision the negative image it would leave in something like dough, there would be raised ridges between the rollers that would not make sense for crackers or cookies or even clay. It would also be, as others have pointed out, very difficult to clean. I am intrigued and hope you can find out what it is!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:17:14 PM
Schutzmarie I think is Schutzmark or trademark. Punkt auf der stirn is a "red dot on the forehead" like in Hindu religion, but that makes no sense, lol.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:31:00 PM
Punkt Rollers

Just some more photos for you.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:33:33 PM
Scrappower, your right! Mystery solved

Not exactly a pin for the rolling pin collection anymore




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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:37:09 PM
Very interesting!




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Posted: 2/18/2013 3:54:28 PM
That is hilarious! Who'd a thunk?? What a crazy tool! I loved all the meeting of the minds and the mystery. It IS true - the peas really do know everything!

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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:01:43 PM
that is crazy! a far cry from cookies, indeed!!

and I think it's still an 'interesting' addition to a rolling pin collection- it's a conversation piece, that's for sure!




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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:04:37 PM
LOL!!! Eweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I'm just imagining all of the dead skin cells attached to that thing now!! <germaphobe runs screaming.....


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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:10:07 PM
Using that to roll out cookies would be like Ariel using a fork to comb her hair!



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Posted: 2/18/2013 5:46:23 PM
Never would have guessed that!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 6:00:09 PM
...and there's one for sale on eBay for GBP35 ($USD54)

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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:46:56 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I would have NEVER thought it was a massager!!!! Now I'm looking at it in a way different way! The handles are worn. That's giving me a GROSS picture in my mind!!!
Thank you all for helping me with this mystery!!! So funny!!!! You all made my day!



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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:16:24 AM
What a trip!

Is anyone else somewhat grossed out at the thought of unsuspecting bakers using it on cookies? Some of those men were quite hairy...


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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:58:50 AM
Scrappower how did you find that!! That is amazing that you found it. How do you research something like that?

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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:02:01 AM
I just did a search for the markings she found on it. Took a little digging, but not too much. Used google translator too. I love a mystery.



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Posted: 2/20/2013 5:46:02 AM

Scrappower how did you find that!! That is amazing that you found it. How do you research something like that?


Funny because I did a google search using Punkt Roller and it kept deleting the 't' . I was getting sites and images of punk roller skaters!!!


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