It's amazing what E-Sylum readers collect. Here are some follow-ups on last week's item about the Large Cent pie crimper. -Editor
Carol's Coin Pie Crimpers
Carol Bastable writes:
"I have a few coin pie crimpers in my collection. One is a U.S. large cent and the other two are on foreign coins. Seeing the edge on the crimpers is really interesting. It would be quite a bit of
work to make. To get the zig zag wider, two coins were sandwiched together on the large cent one."
Wow - small world! Thanks. Carol sent images of two of them. Neat. -Editor
Antler Coin Pie Crimper
Carol also found this eBay listing for a pie crimper made from a coin and a DEER ANTLER! -Editor
This is an awesome antique "pie crimper," also called a "Jagger Wheel," which is probably the coolest pie crimper ever made. Some have theorized that a frontiersman-type husband made this for his
wife. Or maybe he was just a guy who also liked to cook. Or possibly a crafty and talented woman. They were used to cut and slice dough, just generally. It's made out of a deer antler, and uses a
thick, early British coin as the crimping wheel. The coin is a massive British 1797 Cartwheel Penny as the wheel. You can still see the "G" on the border of one of the filed edges. The antler is also
personalized with what looks like a backwards N. These were used like a pizza cutter with a serrated edge, to cut flour dough. They were mostly used to cut small strips to design a latticework on top
of a pie. It's possible also that the lower antler time was used to poke holes in a pie to ventilate it.
To read the complete lot description, see:
Deer Antler Copper Coin Jagger Wheel / Pie Crimper
Large Cent Pie Crimper Maker Counterstamp
Bob Merchant writes:
"Thanks for highlighting two of my eBay counterstamps in The E-Sylum. I also noticed the large cent pie crimper that you highlighted. In an amazing coincidence, one of my counterstamps this
week (currently on eBay) is also made into a pie crimper, and it is counter-stamped by the company that (probably) made it!"
Very cool! Here's the lot image and description. -Editor
1819 U.S. Large Cent, holed in center
Countermarked "MACKRELL & / RICHARDSON / NEW YORK"
Coin has been made into a dough (or pie crust) cutter/crimper.
This business partnership was listed as a "manufacturer of cast bolts, shutter hinges, locks, etc". They also made kitchen tools. It is possible that the coin was countermarked by M&R and then
also made into a kitchen tool by them.
Date of issue: 1839-1859.
Place of issue: New York City.
Rulau M NY 2112.
Carol asked Bob to take pictures of the edge of his coin. Nice! That took a lot of work. -Editor
Coins as Machine Parts
Ken Spindler writes:
"I have a collection of about 60 heavily-worn French Revolution copper coins and tokens that were turned into some sorts of machine parts. Almost none of them have axis holes. Almost every one is
different in some way from all of the others. I've exhibited them a few times and solicited knowledgeable advice about how the heck they may have been used, and received no reactions, even when they
were out at the very large all-summer county fair, here in San Diego (Del Mar racetrack).
"Of course I'm aware that old large worn coppers from other countries shared the same fate. I probably own a very few of those, too, including U.S. I've got some perfectly-shaped gears with
endless metallic circular friction marks on them. Yet no axis hole. I did recently see for sale another such pie crimper incorporating a coin, far cruder than this one, of wood with a rusty nail
To read the complete lot description, see:
1819 U.S. Large Cent, Counterstamp "MACKRELL & / RICHARDSON / NEW YORK"
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JANUARY 3, 2020 (https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/esylum_v24n01a23.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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