The Wallace Collection

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  • Cranequin
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Iron and wood, carved
  • Weight: 5.18 kg
  • Mark: Arc of a circle with invected outer edge
  • A1055
  • European Armoury III
Further Reading
  • Cranequin or rack, of heavy construction. Curved iron handle of diamond section with a grip of dark wood slightly carved with bands of ornament; swivel claw; in front between the claws there is a flat triangular plate pivoted at each side; its apex is a pointer to position the claws accurately in the centre of the cord. The case bears a mark consisting of an arc of a circle with an invected outer edge.

    German (possibly Augsburg), about 1560 (?)

    Provenance: Henry Courant (?) (1 cranquin du XVième, 140 fr.; receipted bill, 6 June, 1869); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    This cranequin fits the crossbow A1042.