The Wallace Collection

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Windlass fragment
  • Windlass fragment
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 16th century or 17th century
  • Iron or steel and bronze
  • Length: 17.8 cm
    Weight: 0.42 kg
  • A1060
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
  • Part of the windlass of a crossbow, consisting of one half of the part which fits over the end of the stock, and carries two wheels for the pulleys. The five rectangular openings in the bar allow it to be adapted to stocks of varying lengths. The edges are bevelled and moulded; the two wheels are of bronze pierced with ornamental tracery.

    16th or 17th century.