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Box mangle from Cowbridge, mid-19th century

Box mangle from Cowbridge, mid-19th century
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This item comes from: Museum of Welsh Life (Item reference: 30.308).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


The first mangles were basically a low wooden table on which clothes, wound around rollers, were placed. A big wooden chest weighted with stones, was placed on top of the clothes and propelled slowly, to and fro to smooth and polish the clothes.

Gathering the Jewels ref: GTJ31078

Museum of Welsh Life

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