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Goat's foot lever
  • Goat's foot lever
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Late 16th century or early 17th century
  • Steel
  • Length: 54.1 cm
    Weight: 2.005 kg
  • A1052
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Goat's-foot lever, for spanning a crossbow. Of plain steel, devised on the same principle as a boot-jack.

    Late 16th or early 17th century.

    Laking, European Armour III, p. 139, fig. 940.

    The original name for this device is a gaffle (A. Credland, letter of 6 May 1982).