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Cranequin

Cranequin

c. 1480–1500

Steel and brass; incised decoration; pierced traceried Gothic windows

Rack: 39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.); Crank: 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.); Gear housing: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.2082

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The mark, made of inlaid copper, is currently unidentified.

Description

Bows made of composite materials were developed during the 1400s. They were immensely powerful and could be spanned only with the aid of a winder called a cranequin like the one seen here.

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