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Hetchel

Object Number: 
Z.65
Date: 
19th century
Medium: 
Pine, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 21 3/4 x 7 in. ( 11.4 x 55.2 x 17.8 cm )
Description: 
Hetchel composed of pine board and block with iron spikes.
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group