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Object Number: 
ca. 1774
Iron, wood, tin
Overall: 5 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 14 x 37.5 x 9.5 cm )
inscribed: pierced in tin on one side: "1774 UB"
Hetchel with 122 square spikes set in rectangular piece of wood and bound with a tin sheet with iron straps; wood pierced at either end with holes reinforced by iron diamonds.
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