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Title: Hackle
Identifier: 982.11.1
Donor: P. Price Antiques
Item Date: 1800 1900
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Bradley Musuem

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Description: A 'T' shaped iron comb with seventeen prongs. There is a 'hourglass' wooden handle slipped over an iron grip.

A hatchel (or hackle) is a comb with long metal teeth used for dressing flax, hemp or jute. "Before spinning, the flax must be hackled and then combed. Hackling is the process of pulling the flax through a hackle, a comb-like instrument, to align the fibres. The flax is hackled through coarse combs and then through finer combs." Source:
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