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Hetchel

Object Number: 
2067
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 )
Marks: 
impressed: on front: anchor
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.
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