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English windlass


English windlass

Century: XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII
English windlass. Medieval Market, The historic crank lift

English windlass - Medieval Market, A two-handed crank with a wooden cladding is used to wind the rope
English windlass - Medieval Market, got its name from the 13th century levers found in England
English windlass - Medieval Market, can be found in paintings by Jean Froissart, for example in the Battle of Crecy from the 15th centur
English windlass - Medieval Market, is used to cock the crossbow with tension of ~180 kg


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ANoR1528see descriptionHand-made 495.00 EUR

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The historic crank lift (“windlass”) is used to cock the crossbow with tension of ~180 kg. A two-handed crank with a wooden cladding is used to wind the rope. Thanks to the use of a set of metal blocks, drawing the string does not require much force and is much more comfortable.

It consists of two components: a hook leg and a crank handle for tensioning. The set also includes special polypropylene ropes fi 6, which fasten the entire structure.



Dimensions of the presented English windlass:
- the gap between the hooks 55mm
- socket 35mm wide and 40mm high
- length from hooks to socket 750mm
Before purchasing, we recommend measuring your crossbow to make sure the windlass will fit.

However, it is possible to adapt the lever to your needs! All you need to do is contact us before buying and specifying the dimensions of your crossbow. We will evaluate the windlass individually, but don't worry, the price will not be too different from the basic version.



Source for this type of crossbow cocking equipment

Our windlass got its name from the 13th century levers found in England. Over time, they spread throughout Europe.
In the “Małopolska Museum” and in the “MET Museum” you can find patterns from the 16th/17th and 18th centuries. A similar windlass can be found in paintings by Jean Froissart, for example in the Battle of Crecy from the 15th century.



What to use to load a medieval crossbow?

Depending on a drawing strength, crossbow was loaded manually or with dedicated items. We can mention a few of them:
- lever goats foot,
- English windlass, using a system of block and ropes,
- and a german cranequin using sprockets.
Depending on the size of a cranequin and number of notches in a sprocket, drawing strength can differ.





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