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seam creaser
  • Saanich peoples
  • seam creaser, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, stamping
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 6.5 x 1.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 1/2 x 9/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5563

The flat piece of wood is cut into a shape resembling the profile of a boat. Either end is pointed and raised and there is a rectangle between them, like a hut on the boat deck. There is a row of stamped triangles along the top edge of the "boat" and the "hut."

It was used to firmly press down the seam raised by passing the mat needle through the rushes during manufacture.