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Old 7th May 2014, 06:40 PM   #23
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Default Unusual and Early Wheellock Spanner, ca. 1530

This is about the fine spanner in my collection: North Italian Early Renaissance, ca. 1530, finely wrought, pierced and twisted for decoration by the smith - see post #6.

Meanwhile, I have found references for two more, very similar specimens; although they are notably plainer in terms of craftsmanship - none of their handles is pierced - , I am happy to post these photos.

For easier comparison, I reattached three photos of my spanner on top.

Attached following are:

- a spanner in the collection of the Muzeum Wojska Polskiego (Polish Army Museum), in Warsaw

- another, similar spanner, sold on ebay, 17 September 2013


Best,
Michael
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