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.

Date Made: 19th centuryAssociated Date: 19th century

Related Event: Expansion and Reform


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Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.388597Catalog Number: 388597Accession Number: 182022

Object Name: scrimshaw pie crimper

Physical Description: ivory (overall material)baleen (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 in x 6 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 15.875 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_304693

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