comb ?

comb ?
comb ?
Title
comb ?
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.
Object Number 
N-139
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