Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Now this is a Pie Crimper

Lady Pie Crimper

A 19th Century carved whale bone pie crimper. (Appraised on Antiques Roadshow in 2004 for $6,000 - $9,000)


froggy said...

wow! They took their pies seriously!

Dani said...

That is stunning!

Buzz Kill said...

Now there was a guy with a lot of time on his hands. I didn't know they made pie on those old ships. Makes you wonder what filling they would use.

Big Shamu said...

Actually they took their sweethearts and wives very seriously.

Dani it is stunning, this one was privately owned but in museums in New England you'll see a lot of stunning examples of folk art whalebone pie crimpers.

While whalers did have a lot of time on their hands I doubt they had ovens on their whaling ships. What I did learn is that meat pies where like the fast food of their time. I also came across a very funny quote about Mark Twain's feelings about English pies he experienced on an extended trip to Great Britain - RECIPE FOR NEW ENGLISH PIE - To make this excellent breakfast dish, proceed as follows:
Take a sufficiency of water and a sufficiency of flour, and construct a bullet-proof dough. Work this into the form of a disk, with the edges turned up some three-fourths of an inch. Toughen and kiln-dry in a couple days in a mild but unvarying temperature. Construct a cover for this redoubt in the same way and of the same material. Fill with stewed dried apples; aggravate with cloves, lemon-peel, and
slabs of citron; add two portions of New Orleans sugars, then solder on the lid and set in a safe place till it petrifies. Serve cold at breakfast and invite your enemy.

Another reason why I love Mark Twain, snarky pie lover.

Captain Obvious said...

How'd they get the spurs to Captain Obvious' boots?

Terry and Linda said...

WOW! I so agree! Stunning is the word!


Karl said...

Good afternoon Shamu,

That's a really neat peice.

They did have ovens, both for cooking and rendering blubber into oil. Look up "Triworks"