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Hetchel

Hetchel
Title
Hetchel
Date 
19th century
Medium 
Wood, iron
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 7 in. ( 7 x 64.8 x 17.8 cm )
Description 
Hetchel composed of wooden base with two hand holes and a circular section of iron spikes in the center; decorated with carved concentric circles and flower and lettering.
Object Number 
2067
Marks 
impressed: on front: anchor
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group