The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Rack
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1600
  • Steel, gold and cord, etched, gilt and blackened
  • Length: 35.5 cm
    Weight: 2.58 kg
  • Inscription: '1600'
  • A1058
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cranequin or rack, the wheel-case consists of a strong open ring, etched and gilt, with roped central bar, the mechanism being party exposed. The wheel is of steel pierced with three sexfoils and three heart-shaped openings. The under surface of the ratchet bar is of bright steel etched with running foliage and interspersed birds, and the top with strapwork enclosing trophies, bunches of fruit and masks, and at the end nearest the claws a male figure in contemporary costume aiming a crossbow. The claws are etched with arabesque scrolls and on the top is the date 1600. The etching on the bar has a blackened, granulated ground with no trace of gilding.

    On the inner side of each claw is a small hold in which was originally pivoted a pointed steel plate, see also A1055 and 1057. The winding handle is missing, as is the belt hook from the top of the bar; the loop of twisted cord remains.

    German, dated 1600.