My husband and I try to surprise each other each Christmas with interesting and unusual antiques, and as tradition goes, we always exchange gift early.
This year he came home with a few novel items including another winding clock, and a very old Norwegian mangle board.
Despite the fact that the flat iron was invented in the middle ages, many housewives in Northern Europe still used a mangle board for ‘flattening’ clothes.
|Using a mangle board.... date unkown, Germany ?|
The mangle board was used to smooth out clothes or household linens by pressing while slightly damp between the board and a rolling pin.
In days-gone-by many a young man would have spent his free hours carving a mangle board for his bride to be, often adding hers/ their initials on the sides.
Our mangle board is decorated with rosettes, and a carved horse handle. The handle was removable, but a previous owner nailed it in place. It is in good condition for its age, but at one point someone screwed two brackets underneath it and sadly one of them has a damaged screw which I’m at loss as to how to remove it.
|If anyone has any tips on how to remove damaged screws from antique wood I would be very grateful.|
|Carved rosettes. The wood is old and dark, and has some redish and greenish tints.|
|Antique Norwegian mangle board|
|Note the woodworm holes....|
|Detail of the horses' face|