Pie BirdsI'm sure that everyone has heard the nursery school rhyme about "four and twenty blackbirds baked into a pie" that references the live birds baked into a trencher released unharmed as an amusement for the lords and ladies, but what about a pie bird? Pie birds are ceramic objects that can be baked into the upper crust of a pie that vent steam during cooking.
They evolved over time from simple pie funnels that originated during the Victorian period.
Shapes now range from the simple black bird shape to complex tableaux. I've got a few. Some of them are collectable including those of Stuart Blass.
Stuart Blass Pie Birds
Here's a great-looking meat pie that I found while looking for images of pie birds: