We are offering a beautifully carved and painted mangle board that is dated Dec 19 1754. In addition, there is a set of initials “KND”. It is a wonderful piece of Scandinavian folk art, probably originating in Denmark. Besides the wonderful carving running along the face of the board, it also has a nicely carved horse handle with a highly swooped neck. Along the length of the board there are three chip carved designs, all different, with a small carved pinwheel at the side of the horse along with the date. All of the chip carving is quite deep and very elaborate. The maker clearly knew his way around a set of carving tools. There are remnants of a number of different colors of paint on the board, including red and black, and there is a significant amount of white that is still present to highlight each of the carved motifs. The board is nicely sized for display measuring 25 ¼ inches long and a maximum of 6 ¼ inches wide. The thickness of the board tapers from the horse handle end where it is 7/8 inches thick to the opposite end where it is ½ inch thick. The horse handle is 9 inches long, is 4 ¼ inches tall, and is about 1 1/8 inches wide. The horse handle is attached to the board with a sliding dovetail. The handle is completely solid within the dovetail. There is a small gap in the dovetail where it is possible to see something that looks like glue. This was probably added at one time to strengthen the point and tighten the handle. A crack runs along the length of the board under the handle. The crack is 7 ¼ inches long, is 1/16 inches wide under the horse and tapers to being closed. There is quite a bit of old insect damage in the form of multiple holes across the front and back of the board. One section on the underside of the board has extensive damage which we have carefully photographed. There are no signs of activity in the holes. This type of damage is typical for early wooden items from Europe that were primarily displayed as opposed to being used on a daily basis.
The overall look of the board is terrific. It shows its age well with the usual dings, scratches and flaws that would be expected on a piece of wood that is over 250 years old. Even with the insect damage, this is an outstanding board because of the carving. It will be a wonderful addition to anybody’s collection of Scandinavian folk art. The board has a wall hanger hook located on the underside at the end opposite the horse. We have applied a layer of museum quality conservator’s wax to the whole piece to preserve the surface and bring out the subtler aspects of the carvings and paint. This is a mangle board that would be highly sought after in a collector’s auction. The aesthetics of the piece make it a “must have” item.
While originally intended to be used for smoothing sheets and linens, by tradition mangle boards 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. It also helps explain the expression "Beware of the man with many mangle boards."
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. This is a very large and heavy piece. We will not be able to ship this item to our international customers.
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