Vintage Italian flax hetchel

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Preparation takes 3-5 business days
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Superbly unique farm tool dating from the early 1800s that would have been used for combing out sheep's wool or flax to remove any seeds or debris prior to spinning into lengths of yarn. It would have been used by placing your foot in the oval hole at the bottom and the whole piece against your leg. You would then draw the fibres up towards you, puling them through the nails to clean and soften them. Backbreaking work, but this was the tool they found that did the job perfectly. It's a gorgeous pice of oak that is reinforced in places with steel wire holding the length together, and then in the middle is the block that holds over 50 sharp nails. As part of a rustic collection, this will be one of the key pieces for sure, and wherever you choose to hang it it is going to look simply stunning. A classic piece and one that is truly Rustic Italia.

80cm/31.5" long x 15cm/6" wide

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Preparation takes 3-5 business days
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All shipping costs include postage and packing. The Italian Post office has just raised its prices in a rather random way, so the costs have increased slightly for certain countries and prohibitively expensively for others... my apologies on their behalf. Postage is mostly via Italian Priority post SURFACE mail, and as such can take at least 2-4 weeks to arrive, depending where you are. Some smaller items will be sent faster as they fall under the maximum weight limit for letters. If you would like the item to arrive faster, please ask for a shipping quote. And also if you would like the item insured, this is an additional cost. I cannot take responsibility for customs checks and hold ups so in the event of a delay the first place to check is with your local postal service and they can direct you from there, but we will always work with you to track the package. Delays are usually at the receivers end rather than the Italian end and, whilst frustrating, the package will get there in the end.


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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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As the items are almost always unique, one off vintage items, we have tried to represent them and describe any age and wear marks as accurately as possible in the listing and, as such, don't offer refunds. We will accept returns if it's really not what you were after, but the buyer pays the return shipping and will incur a 25% handling charge prior to the refund, also in the event of it having been packaged and not yet sent. In the event of damage during shipping, please contact us and we can come to an agreement regarding replacement or refunding. Damage is not our responsibility as all items are very well packed, but shipped using the most economical means of postage. For a more secure method of shipping there is always insurance, but it will cost more. We endeavour to pack everything so there is the minimum chance of breakage, but the postal service can't always be relied on to handle all items with care. So if there is damage, we will try and replace the item if the buyer covers the shipping costs.

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