Hetchel

Object Number: 
INV.14879
Date: 
1751
Medium: 
Oak, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 14 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 12.7 x 36.8 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
punched: in sheet iron on one side of base: "1751" punched: in sheet iron on opposite side of base: "GM"
Description: 
Hetchel composed of oak block wrapped in sheet iron with rows of iron spikes piercing the wood.
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.
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Creative: Tronvig Group