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Scrimshaw Serpent Jagging Wheel


Martha's Vineyard Museum

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About this artifact

Seamen often carved decorative items out of whalebone or teeth to take home as gifts. This is a decorative jagging wheel, shaped like a serpent. Another name for this item is a pastry wheel. The wheel was used to cut and shape pastry dough and the tines of the fork were to pierce the crust of a pie in order to release steam during baking.

Length: 8 1/2"

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