We are offering a delightfully painted mangle board that is a great decorator piece with a nice folk art quality. It is very likely that this board is from Sweden based on the turned handle and the painted heart and flower themes along its length. Originally given as a token of love to a future bride, this piece would be a great Valentine present for someone special. It is substantial in size measuring 23.25 inches long and 6 inches wide. The board is about 0.875 inches thick. The handle is almost 10 inches long and is a little over 3 inches tall. The handle is attached to the board with well executed mortised dowels. The board is quartersawn birch that has remained quite stable over the years with no warps or splits. The piece is quite old but the painted surface is a later addition. Under the paint there are remnants of earlier paint that might be dark green or black. Both of these colors were often used on early boards. It is dated 1836 along with a set of initials. The painted surface exudes the innocence of well done folk art and the piece looks great hanging on a wall. The board has a leather strap attached to one end that can be used for hanging and there is a modern metal hook on the underside that could also be used for hanging. The choice is yours. The condition of the piece is very nice. There is some early insect damage but the critters are long gone. The board has a nice patina with a great look. We feel that as a decorative statement hanging on the wall in a den or library, this piece is sure to please.
This is definitely a one-of-a-kind item that will look absolutely wonderful in your home. If you collect folk art or have a Swede in the family then this is your opportunity to pick up an early piece at a very reasonable price. 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. This is a very large and heavy piece. We will not be able to ship this item to our international customers.