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Flax brake

Object Number: 
1920.19
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Oak
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 x 52 3/4 x 24 in. ( 86.4 x 134 x 61 cm )
Description: 
Oak flax brake with three blades set between thick, square side rails and hinged arm mounted above blades; raised on four splayed legs.
Gallery Label: 
Flax brakes were used in flax processing to break the tube of woody matter into small lengths without damaging the fibrous layer of flax inside.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Provenance: 
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group