- Folk Art
- 19th c. PA Dutch Hand Forged Flax Comb Hatchel
19th c. PA Dutch Hand Forged Flax Comb Hatchel
Iron and oak flax comb hatchel. Hand forged square iron spikes protected by a poplar cover.
Flax or linseed fibers would have been combed thru a sequence of course to fine combs.
"Europe and North America both depended on flax for plant-based cloth until the 19th century, when cotton overtook flax as the most common plant. Would have been a staple house hold tool in the 18th century to make clothing material."
Flax hackle, heckle, hatchel, or hetchel.
1820 - 1830
11.75" x 4.5" x 3.5"
Overall surface wear to wood. Iron prongs all intact.