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Cranequin (Crossbow Winder)

Date:
dated 1727
Geography:
probably Nuremberg
Culture:
German, probably Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, horn (bovine), copper alloy, gold, hemp, leather
Dimensions:
L. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 8 oz. (2,942 g)
Classification:
Archery Equipment
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.205
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The etched decoration on the rack includes the crowned monogram CLR, indicating that the original owner, as yet unidentified, was a nobleman.
Ffoulkes, Charles J. Inventory and Surveys of the Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 2. London: His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1916. p. 329, no. XI.24, pl. XXXI.

"Hervorragende private Waffensammlung, bestehend aus: fruhen Stangenwaffen, kaiserlichen, kurfurstlichen und furstlichen Trabantenhelmbarten sowie Partisanen, Kostbare Schwerter, Prunkdegen und Dolche, Helme, Schilde und erstrangige Pistole." In Waffenauktion. Lucerne: Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, November 20, 1974. lot 125, pl. 9 (this cranequin, apparently bought in).

"Stangenwaffen, Schwerter, Degen, Jagdwaffen aller Art, Rad- und Steinschlosspistolen, aus verschiedenem Besitz, Waffenliteratur." In Waffenauktion. Lucerne: Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, June 25, 1975. lot 68, pl. 13.

Galerie Fischer, Lucerne. Waffenauktion. Lucerne, May 28, 1985. lo 110, pl. 1.

Breiding, Dirk H. A Deadly Art: European Crossbows, 1250–1850. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. pp. 110–11, no. 38, figs. 5.13–5.15.



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