Scandinavian Carved & Dated Mangle Board , 1803

This mangle board is carved, painted and dated. It has elaborate pinwheel designs running up the length and has the carved date of 1803 along with initials "TIS" and "PPD". It is beautifully carved from an extremely heavy piece of birch. It is much heavier than most mangle boards with the board maxing out at 1 ½ inches thick. It appears that it might have had a very dark green paint on the board which over time has darken with age and dirt to a rich black patina. The painted highlights have worn off over time so that they are now a rich brown from the revealed wood underneath. The horse has a much lighter green painted surface that has aged to a craquelure finish. The handle is a traditional stylized horse design that has been dovetailed into the base. It measures 26 1/8 inches long, is 5 ½ inches wide, and the horse stands 4 3/4 inches tall. The condition is typical of mangle boards that are over 200 years old. There is some grunge on the surface, along with very old chips and speckles. The dovetail holding the horse in place apparently became loose many, many years ago and was strengthened with 5 nails. The horse was repainted at the time of the repair. All of this occurred early in the life of the board so that it is now a part of the history of the piece. There are no signs of insect damage which is unusual for old wooden items such as this. This board does not have a wall hanger which is unusual and it does not appear that it ever did. The surface patina provides the look that serious collectors are always striving for. Whomever was lucky enough to receive this gift must have been very special as it is a beautiful piece of work that has aged very well. Look at the Vesterheim Museum collection of mangle boards on the internet and you will see that the one we are offering is of museum quality.

As one of the premiere sites on Ruby Lane for selling Scandinavian antiques, we have managed to obtain a very highly sought after item known as a mangle board, or mangletrær in Norwegian. While originally intended to be used for smoothing sheets and linens, by tradition they became devices that were hand-carved by men to be given to their brides at the time when they became engaged. It was a sign of honor to have a beautifully carved and/or painted mangle board hanging on your wall.

This is definitely a one-of-a-kind item that will look absolutely wonderful in your home. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price. The buyer will be responsible for return shipping.

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Item ID: AntManB-732

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$1,200 USD SOLD

Sweetpea Cottage


Kenneth Drews and Joan Drews, Phoenix, MD   

Sweetpea Cottage specializes in Scandinavian primitives, Artisan jewelry, and Goberg ironwork!

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