Overall: 4 1/2 x 21 3/4 x 7 in. ( 11.4 x 55.2 x 17.8 cm )
Hetchel composed of pine board and block with iron spikes.
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.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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