We are offering a beautifully carved mangle board that is dated 1779. It is a wonderful piece of Scandinavian folk art, probably originating in Sweden or Denmark. Besides the wonderful carving it also has a very rare and highly desirable double horse head handle. Along the length of the board there are three chip carved floret designs, a half-floret with a leafed vine, and gouge-carved background texturing. The configuration of the horse is nicely done and is augmented with a chip-carved surface on the heads, legs, and along the horse’s back. There are many remnants of iron oxide red paint distributed along the length of the board and on the horse. There are also remnants of black paint used for accents as well as inside the carved florets. Across the middle of the board there is a shallow carved date, 1779, and some unidentified initials. The board has a very small number of insect holes that is considerably less than is usually found of boards of this age. There are no signs of activity in the holes. The board is nicely sized for display measuring 22 ¼ inches long and a maximum of 5 inches wide. The board is 5/8 to ¾ inches thick. The horse handle is 8 ½ inches long, is 3 ½ inches tall, and is about 1 ½ inches wide across the horse heads. The horse handle is attached to the board with a sliding dovetail and then anchored with 3 original wooden pegs and an early iron nail. The handle does move within the dovetail, but is in absolutely no danger of coming out since the pegs anchor it in place.
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 about 250 years old. The board does have a wall hanger hook located on the underside directly behind 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 along with its terrific condition work together to make this a great piece of folk art.
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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