This beautifully preserved walnut mangle board is very finely carved with Frisian carving motifs.
The mangle of small linen was often done with the use of a mangle board. This involved rolling the laundry around a mangle stick. By rolling the mangle board back and forth over this stick the water was pressed out and the wrinkles disappeared.
Dutch, circa 1700.
One from our collection of circa 20 mangle boards.