The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock spanner
  • Wheel-lock spanner
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • early 17th century
  • Iron or steel
  • Length: 18.4 cm
    Weight: 0.16 kg
  • A1321
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock key, having a double-ended key-cylinder, the exterior of octagonal section. Stem ornamented with turned mouldings, enlarged near the end into a flattened circle with Gothic tracery, built up from a narrow iron strip, and terminating in a screw-driver. A movable suspension swivel is fitted at the centre of balance for a suspension cord.

    Probably German, early 17th century.

    Peterson, Encyclopaedia of Firearms, 1964, illus. on p. 344.