Museum quality. Very Rare English Flax Comb.
Marked W. Binns BRADFORD 747.
The one in my collection is almost identical but has the name MILES BATES 1847 stamped along side.
This rare item has wonderful patination and are in good order (minor split near handle). There is a hole on the end and midway along the handle obviously allowing the comb to be fitted to part of a bench or similar. Normally I don't buy Flax tools as they are always continental. This is one of the rare few English Flax Combs surviving. Most of the Flax industry had died out in central Britain by the mid 1800s with most linen being produced in Ireland and abroad.