Mangletre with Horse Head Handle
Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University
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Mangletre with horse head handle (dated 1805). According to sources at Oslo's Folk Museum, the mangletre had two purposes: 1) It was often a betrothal gift from a young man to his fiancée. He would hand-carve it, adding their initials and the wedding date, and 2) The board functioned as one part of a primitive "iron." Sheets and linens were boiled in a vat, then wrapped around a Wood cylinder. Using the flat side, the Wooden mangle board was rolled across cylinder to smooth out the hot, wet linens. Donor: Elsie Parkhurst.