Fine whale ivory pie crimper American circa 1850. The crimper is made from three sections of whale ivory. The top section has an arm holding a very deep grooved wheel with “V” shaped groves. A larger arm protrudes from the opposite with a wave three-tined fork above a fancy notched pastry stamp. The middle section is eight-sided and is tapered with diamond shaped mahogany inlays on the opposite four sides. Top section is also eight-sided and tapers to a clenched fist. The top and bottom sections have deep grooved decorative lines.
Provenance: The crimper was in the collection of Mr. Frederick H. Howell of New York and Edith Bigelow. The collection was formed in the early 1900s and was first published in an article in House Beautiful in August 1920. This crimper is pictured in a second article published about the collection by the Pacific Maritime Review in April 1925.
Condition: The crimper has a fine deep patina.
Length: 7 ¾ inches