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Steel; etched, chased and gilded
Rack: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); Crank: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.); Gear housing: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1723.b
Augustus was a marksman who took part in crossbow competitions. He had a large collection and often gave them to friends.
This winder or cranequin was for Prince Elector Augustus I, a member of the ruling elite in the Holy Roman Empire. Augustus, powerful and wealthy, had even the most practical instruments ornately decorated, including this cranequin.
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