Scrimshaw Ivory Jagging Wheel

Pie crimpers or jagging wheels are among the most common scrimshaw items carved by American 19th century whalemen. They were useful, as well as decorative kitchen implements. The fluted wheel was used to cut dough or seal the top of a pie crust to the sides before baking.
This example’s shaft is in the form of a snake or sea serpent, with a tongue in the shape of a three-tine fork. The fork was used to decorate or poke holes in the upper pie crust to vent the steam created by baking.
Object Name
scrimshaw pie crimper
date made
19th century
Associated Date
19th century
Physical Description
ivory (overall material)
baleen (overall material)
overall: 1 in x 6 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 15.875 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Natural Resources
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL

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