A horse handled Norwegian mangletre , or laundry smoothing board. Fancy painted initials and date in white: C. A brass plate at the front end has tacks in it that seem to form: "MW". Crudely carved initials in the handle opening seem to include'F' and'P', while a nearby'T' maybe a farmer farm mark.
The color from a distance reads black or dark brown but with closer, bright light viewing we see shades of dark green and blue. Condition as pictured under bright photographic lights and closeup view.
Numerous inactive worm holes indicate Norway origin. A pair of nail holes under the front tip of the piece were probably for a hanging hook. Horse handle's dovetail joinery is tight. Measures 24 3/4 inches long, 5 3/4 inches high, and 4 3/8 inches wide, tapering to 3 5/8 inches wide. Thank you for looking, questions are welcome.
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Please study all pictures as they are part of the description. The item "Norwegian Norway Sweden Scandinavian Horse Handle Mangle 1881 Wood Folk Art Rare" is in sale since Sunday, January 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives".
The seller is "old-cedar-house" and is located in Okemos, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States.