This folk art, hand made household tool was common in the early American home. Hatchels or carders were used in the carding of flax fibers into linen thread to straighten and grade the fibers. In today's home, it is an interesting accessory and a truly sculptural form. This antique example features square nails and is marked with owner's initials and dated: A C 1796, over a carved rosette design, with an iron ring hanger. Note: sold to benefit the Denver Art Museum (Denver, Colorado).