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Scandinavian Painted Carved Mangle Board w/ Horse Handle, 19th Century
This mangle board is carved, beautifully painted and much larger than most. Setting it off is a wonderful horse handle that exhibits graceful lines and beautifully executed carving. It has several pinwheel designs along with some medallions and great scroll work. The carving is crisp and deep. To provide additional emphasis the carving has been painted in greens and reds. Combined with the beautiful golden brown of the wood, the impact is stunning. Judging by the weight and grain patterns we believe that the wood is birch for the plank. The horse might also be birch but one side of it shows the striking flecking patterns associated with quartersawn boards. 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 1/4 inches thick. It measures 24 7/8 inches long, is 7 ½ inches wide, and the horse stands 5 1/4 inches tall. The condition is typical of mangle boards that are of this age. There are old chips and speckles along with a minor drying crack at the far end and some warping on the plank. The dovetail holding the horse in place is a bit loose so that the horse slides about 1 inch out of the back end of the piece. (See photo) Beyond that the horse will not come out of the board. There is insect damage which is common for old wooden items such as this but there is no indication of live insect activity. This board has a leather strap wall hanger which has dried out and given the weight of the piece we would never use it to hang the board. A new hanger would be suggested. The surface patina provides the look that serious collectors are always striving for. Whomever was lucky enough to originally 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.
For those of your who are unfamiliar with this type of Scandinavian antiques, mangle boards, or mangletrær in Norwegian, are highly sought after. 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 painted mangle board hanging on your wall.
This is definitely a one-of-a-kind item that will look absolutely wonderful in your home. It would be a very special gift for the Scandinavian member of your family or the lover of unique primitives. 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 minus shipping charges.
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Ken and Joan Drews
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