This is a paddle for beating a feather bed everyday to keep it from getting hard and lumpy. the beds had no springs, the mattress was held up by ropes tied from side to side and end to end. the mattress, about 10 inches thick, stuffed with feathers, had to be beaten each day. No one came close on guessing this one.
Carol, Catherine, Ginny, George and Barbara all guessed nightshirt, nightgown which is true. The Interesting FACT is, this is a Man's Nightshirt and is made of 100 % Wool. I said EWW to hot in Florida for a wool nighshirt. It seems I am wrong (first time ever).
Wool naturally keeps the body warm when wet. Without chemical coatings.
Wool naturally keeps us cooler in summer due to wicking of sweat away from the skin.
Wool does not catch fire as readily as cotton or linen.
Wool wrinkles are removed more easily than cotton or linen. (use Humidity)
Wool does not unravel at it's cut edges as do most other materials.
Wool stays cleaner than most materials due to it's scaly fibers which prevent dirt passing though.
Wool naturally repels drops of water instead of soaking it in as do thirsty fibers of cotton
Surprisingly, the Arabs and other peoples who live in the Sahara and Arabian deserts wear a garment called a galabeah, which keeps them cool in the daytime and warm at night. The galabeah is a loose gown often made of wool, which looks something like a long nightshirt and coves the wearer from his shoulders to his ankles. As the Arab walks, his gown swishes and pumps dry air up and down his legs. This air absorbs the perspiration evaporation from his body and carries the vapor away through the tiny holes in the woolen cloth
See the wardrobe/chifferobe/armoire (all three are correct for a small closet) in the below photo? Do you know WHY the homes in the 1800's had no closets?