Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Hi Micke D,
You are right, of course,
That cranequin sold at Nagel auctions in Stuttgart might be as early as ca. 1490-1500. I actually based my dating on the bone handle, and my policy has always been to choose a later date rather than one too early. Decades of experience have shown that certain early criteria have often been found on rather late items, so as a principle I have been looking for the latest, the newest criterion on any piece.
Sadly Nagel had only this one image on their site, and the sale is over.