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Hetchel

Hetchel
Title
Hetchel
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 )
Description 
Hetchel composed of oak block wrapped in sheet iron with rows of iron spikes piercing the wood.
Object Number 
INV.14879
Marks 
punched: in sheet iron on one side of base: "1751" punched: in sheet iron on opposite side of base: "GM"
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