Hetchel

Object Number: 
Z.62
Date: 
ca. 1850-1900
Medium: 
Fruitwood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 24 x 4 3/4 in. ( 7.6 x 61 x 12.1 cm )
Description: 
Hetchel composed of fruitwood rectangular block which is pierced with eighty-four 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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group