Rare and delicate whale ivory and whalebone scrimshaw pie crimper, American, mid 19th century. The handle is constucted in four sections. The top section has spiral turned column set into each corner and at the top is a miniature turned urn finial. The next section has an open cage with an "X" pattern and contains a floating ball. The following section has a tapered ropework form and connects into a "U" shaped pierced section which holds the elaboraely carved pierced wheel with tear drop pattern.
Condition: The crimper has a few old repairs and mellow patina.
Length: 7 1/8 inches
Provenance: The Howland family of the New Bedford arrived on the Mayflower in Plymoth in in 1630. During the vovage in a gale John Howland fell overboard and was pulled back aboard the Mayflower. He became a signer of the Mayflower Compact and had eight children and 88 grandchildren. Many of his ancestors became extremely successful in the whaling industry. Among the descendants of the Howland family was Henrietta Howland Robinson, a woman of two great whaling fortunes. By the age of 30 in 1865, she had inherited the equivalent of $80 million dollars. When she died, fifty years later her nickname was "Hetty" the witch of Wall Street and had built a fortune equaling several billion dollars in todays currency.The Howland family name became synonymous with the most successful period in American whaling and this item has descended untill now in the Howland family collection.