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Rare early Danish Horse handle Oak Wood Mangle Board 1783

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Folk Art: Pre 1800: Item # 1369940
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The mangle board with very vivid carvings of fine style animals and the very early dating of 1783.

The mangle board (sometimes called mangling board or smoothing board) is one of the most time-typical and interesting objects of folk art, this old domestic implement was used to press or smooth laundry after washing.

The finest chipped and painted boards like this, was only used as wedding gifts and was decoration objects and not for practical use.

Mangle boards are more common in Scandinavia, but were produced until the later 19th. century from Alsace (France) to Russia, including the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, the British Isles.

A terrific Mangle Board carved in Oak with an archaic looking engraved horse as handle. The board itself with spectacular carved or chipped decorations of a Lion, a Goat and a horse.

Size: ca. 59-60 cm. long.

Condition: Choice for the type and age, this board has been laquered to preserve the wood better.

Provenance: Birgit og Bent Wolstrup Collection