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.