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Hetchel

Object Number: 
Z.64
Date: 
19th century
Medium: 
Fruitwood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 24 1/4 x 6 in. ( 12.7 x 61.6 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: into the board in several places: "ID"
Description: 
Hetchel composed of rectangular fruitwood board with the central area of iron spikes piercing through 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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group