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Object Number: 
N-139
Date: 
1780-1820
Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 11.7 x 17.5 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular board with fourteen curving nails driven through in arched row.
Gallery Label: 
Hetchels, or heckling combs, were used to remove the fibrous core and impurities from flax. The flax was drawn through the bed of iron "nails" to clean and straighten the fibers. After heckling, flax could be spun to make it suitable for weaving into linen.
Provenance: 
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group