About 23 1/2" x 4" x 3 1/2. Probably Norwegian or Swedish origin. Delightfully carved mangle board in oak with three carved rosettes and a horse-form handle. Simple zigzag chip carvings at the base of the handle. Horse is doweled to the main board.The mangle board (sometimes called a mangel, mangling board or smoothing board) is one of the most poignant and interesting objects of folk art, particularly but not exclusively Scandinavian folk art. An ancestor of the iron and cousin of the laundry bat, this old domestic implement was used to press or smooth laundry or bedding, i. To remove the folds after washing. The mangle board was a single piece of carved wood (usually oak, beech or pine), used in conjunction with a kind of rolling pin around which a damp material towel, cloth, sheet, etc. The person using the mangle board held the handle with her dominant hand, with the other hand placed flat near the end of the board.
The mangle board was then moved over the rolling pin in a back and forth movement, thereby smoothing the fabric. A WONDERFUL EUROPEAN FOLK ART HOMESTEAD ARTIFACT. The item "Antique mangle board folk art carved horse 19th c Swedish Norwegian Scandinavian" is in sale since Friday, August 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives".
The seller is "allenpeach" and is located in Tenants Harbor, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.