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Straw splitter

Straw splitter

  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    Early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned wood and metal tools

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The straw splitter consists of a turned handle of wood and four tools. Each consists of a brass tube in which is fixed a steel wire to pass down the straw and a number of radiating steel blades. The blades range from four to seven, for cutting through the straw stalk and make the corresponding number of splints.

Place of Origin

Belgium (possibly, made)


Early 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Turned wood and metal tools

Object history note

The straw splitter was invented around 1800, which facilitated and speeded up the process of splitting the straw into splints for straw work, such as plaiting.

Descriptive line

Handle of wood and four tools for splitting straw, early 19th century, Belgium


Wood; Brass; Steel


Turning; Welding


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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