The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock spanner
  • Wheel-lock spanner
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 1st half of 17th century
  • Steel and copper, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 25.7 cm
    Weight: 0.27 kg
  • A1325
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock key, of T-shaped form, the stem joining the key cylinder at right-angles. Both stem and cylinder are of steel chiselled in relief with scaly sea monsters and dolphins entwined. The eyes of those on the cylinder are inlaid with copper, and their open jaws form the key pipes. Cylinder and stem are formed of separate parts, secured by a screw on top of the cylinder. Near the end the monsters separate and the interval is filled with a crowned rampant lion. The stem terminates in a screw-driver, the flat sides of which are engraved with formal flowers and foliage. At the point of balance is a swivel for suspension with hinged arm. The spanner heads are of two different sizes (see note under A1309).

    Italian, first half of 17th century.

    Blackmore, Guns and Rifles of the World, 1965, fig. 832, L' Art Ancien IV, 567, Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1983 (Spitzer).

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.