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Crimping Roller and Board

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T676
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1600 - 1750


This boxwood board and roller is English, dating from the 17th or early 18th century. It was used to make tiny, tight pleats which were used on a number of items of clothing both for children and adults. Once the linen had been washed and starched, it was placed on the board and rolled to produce the desired crimping effect. It was principally used for making collars, ruffles and cuffs.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century or 18th century
Medium:Turned and carved
Material(s):Beech wood
Place of Origin:England


Height:12.6 cm
Width:12.4 cm
Diameter:13.3 cm