|Description: A cast iron pinking machine with a crank wood handle. A clamp is located at the bottom; there are two separate platforms.|
A pinking machine has a sawtooth blade which creates a scalloped edge when cutting cloth for decorative purposes or to limit fraying. The machine as been around as early as 1732, when inventor Lewis Paul from Lancashire, England patented a pinking machine for making the edges of shrouds. Source: "Exceptionalism and Industrialisation: Britain and its European Rivals, 1688-1815" by Leandro Prados de la Escosura, pg. 134.