Cranequin with Arms of Elector Augustus I of Saxony

c. 1553–73
Rack: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); Crank: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.); Gear housing: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.)
Weight: 2.46 kg (5.42 lbs.)
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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.
Cranequin with Arms of Elector Augustus I of Saxony

Cranequin with Arms of Elector Augustus I of Saxony

c. 1553–73

Germany, Saxony, 16th century

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