Hetchel

Hetchel
Title
Hetchel
Date 
19th century
Medium 
Fruitwood, iron
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 x 24 1/4 x 6 in. ( 12.7 x 61.6 x 15.2 cm )
Description 
Hetchel composed of rectangular fruitwood board with the central area of iron spikes piercing through the wood.
Object Number 
Z.64
Marks 
stamped: into the board in several places: "ID"
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