Pinking Iron
Created: 1765–1800
Medium: Pinking iron

Pinking Iron

This pinking iron, a cylindrical iron instrument with a fluted edge at left, is part of the collections at George Washington's Fairfax County plantation, Mount Vernon. A skilled enslaved member of the household would strike the pinking iron with a mallet to finish the edge of a fabric and provide a decorative element to a piece of clothing. This item may be one of the "Com[plete] Sett of Pink[in]g Irons" that George Washington received from London in 1768.

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