Monday, October 20, 2014

To Lift Your Spirits!

Hello, all!  Here is a new mystery artifact for you to ponder as fall gets into full swing.

The item is cast iron, and it is a little more than a foot long.

As you can see, there is a rectangular opening on the end to the left in the photos.  The other end is somewhat rounded and curves upwards, as can be seen in the second photo. 

What is this object?  What was it used for?  This week's mystery artifact is on display in the museum, so come on out and take a closer look, then post your guesses in the comments section of the blog or on our Facebook page!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Let Them Eat Pie!

Have we left you in suspense long enough? Have you figured out what our latest mystery object is? Tis the season to grab this tool and get cooking! Technically, this is called a "jagging wheel" but a pie crimper is also an appropriate name. Wheels like these can make all sorts of beautiful designs on a pie's crust!
These wheels are made for crimping!
 This particular jagging wheel is carved with leaves and flowers but there are all sorts of designs! Here's an example of an wheel in the shape of a sea serpent made from ivory.
How neat is that?

Stop by the museum and check out our collection of jagging wheels on display in our "Homegrown" exhibit!