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Overall: 2 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 7 in. ( 7 x 64.8 x 17.8 cm )
impressed: on front: anchor
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.
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.
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