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Cranequin
  • Cranequin
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 2nd half of 16th century
  • Steel, cow's horn and leather, etched
  • Length: 40.2 cm, bow
    Weight: 3.41 kg
  • A1057
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cranequin or rack. The wheel, which is set in a plain ring, is etched with a hound and two deer among foliage; and the underside of the wheel-case with a hare, a hound, an owl and foliage; the ratchet bar is decorated with running, intertwined foliage only. Between the claws is pivoted a small, pointed, steel plate (see also A1055 and 1058). The belt hook is missing. The winding arm is etched for the greater part of its length, is curved at the end, and has a handle of turned cow horn. The cord loop is well preserved and has its outer edge reinforced with leather.

    German, second half of the 16th century.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 11.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.