1800s Carved Wooden Flax Wool Carding Comb; Heckle, Hetchel, Old Primitive Handmade Fiber Making Tool


This unusual, very primitive, old, hand-held flax or wool comb is unlike any other we have found before! Discovered in an old barn, this early fiber tool shows plenty of age and wear from generations of storage and years of hard work! It has a gorgeous, grungy, old patina and a surface that could tell stories! This comb has a carved wooden handle that shows use from all the hands that held it while doing hard work. It measures about 10 inches long, 8 inches at its widest and has forged square iron nails/spikes that are around 3 1/2 inches long. These nails vary a little in length due to their primitive nature and appear to be anchored in a piece of antler. The back of the handle is covered in tin. Used to prepare flax and wool for spinning, this old comb is still rugged and quite usable! This is a scarce, early textile tool not often found anymore. It's guaranteed old and original! Great looking early item to display too!

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