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Lot 53: Colonial Wrought Iron Hetchel Sheep's Wool Comb 1800s
25 October 2016
Milton, DE, USA
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Description: This is a hand carved wooden sheep's wool comb from New England, circa 1700s. The handle on the sheeps wool comb is carved with the stockade pattern. Settlements sprang up all through New England during 17th and 18th centuries. Wooden forts with a stockade fence ten or twelve feet high were built enclosing cabins to shelter the early setters from Native American Indian attacks. The Xs are a crude symbolic representation of the conflict between the early settlers and the Native Americans. Sheep and their wool were of great importance for the survival of the long New England Winters. A sheep's wool comb was an important tool for combing and straightening the fibers so that they could spin the wool. The sheep's wool comb has handmade long teeth wrought iron nails.
Condition Report: Excellent condition other then one nail has gone missing.
Dimensions: 12 1/2 inches long and 5 inches wide. Teeth are 5 inches long.