Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
A highly unusual late Gothic windlass (the rolls missing), ca. 1520
The first text is from Christie's sales catalog of 27 April 1988 when this item was first sold by auction.
The second text and color images are from an Italian auction house where it failed to sell for the astronomic estimate they had put on it some weeks ago. Btw., their dating "late 15th century" is too early; the style of the engravings is not datable before ca. 1520.