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March 14, 2011

Flax hatchel

Filed under: Item of the Day — Adam Harris @ 2:21 pm

Flax hatchel

Double flax hatchel used in Germany in the 1820s and donated to the Historical Society in 1923. A flax hatchel is a comb with metal spikes used for preparing flax plants for spinning into linen thread. Flax straw is pulled through the hatchel’s iron teeth to separate the flax fibers. This hatchel has two round combs; the flax would be pulled through the coarser comb first, then the finer one. The finer the comb used, the finer the linen thread produced. The term ‘heckle’ can be used in place of the older term ‘hatchel’.

Flax hatchel

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