The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Windlass
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 16th century
  • Iron or steel and horn
  • Length: 21 cm, handles
    Weight: 1.34 kg
  • A1059
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Fragment of a windlass for a crossbow, being the top part only. The socket or sheath which fits over the end of the crossbow’s stock is pierced with two rectangular and three circular openings, and carries a wheel on each side for the pulleys. The winding arms have handles of turned horn. The strengthening bar across the top is missing.

    16th century.

    For no apparent reason, this type of winder, which was usually used for large bows, was known in Germany as the Englische Winde.

    Viollet-le-Duc, V, pp. 31-2, fig. 5 (shown with strengthening bar).