Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University
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Finnish mangletre (circa late 1700) purchased from Mrs. Lena Moffett. 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, and often show their initials and the date it was made, 2) The board functioned as one part of a primitive "iron." Sheets and linens would be boiled in a vat. They would then be wrapped around a Wood cylinder and the flat side of the mangle would be used to smooth out the hot, wet linens. Donor: Florence Buck.