Cast iron, wooden rollers and shoot. Made in England. 1862. The mangle has cast iron legs with u-shaped supports. There is a circular area within the leg supports with an interlocking heart-shaped pattern. The iron is rusted and the surface of the wooden rollers has a roughened area where the wood has been damaged.
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Hornsby & Sons, Grantham, England, 1862.
Mangling is the process of smoothing and polishing damp or dry laundry by passing it around the roller. Larger items put through a box mangle did not need ironing and smaller items only needed a little hand finishing.
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