Here is quite a museum piece ; not in perfectly mint condition I admit but it is a great example of traditional folk art of the Rhineland area. It looks like some kind of torture tool or some oriental fakir training instrument but in fact it is just a common item our ancestors used separate the fibers of flax, line or wool before the industrializing made this kind of tool completely obsolete.
This piece is quite special because the upper part of the tool has been decorated with a metal slab on which you can read the date 1797 and the initials of the owner (17 FIT 97). There is one pattern I did not identify. I doubt that it is a "B", this is more likely a decorative mark as the triangles you find on both sides. These inscriptions make me think that it may have been a marriage present but it can also be a winter work (when the peasants had some time during winter they often created some special stuff). The tool has about 200 wrought iron teeth, 11 of them are now missing (not a so bad ratio concerning the age of the item).
The tool comes with its original storage box assembled with dovetailed joints. One of the sides has severely suffered but the other ones are ok. There was still some fibers in the box, it is not something I added to present the object. This is pretty moving...
Weight : 4 kg / 8.8 Lbs
Height : 19 cm / 7.48 in Length : 36 cm / 14.17 in Width : 10 cm / 3.94 in Teeth : 17 cm / 6.7 in
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