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Large vehicular medieval cranequin dedicated to crossbows of drawing strength up to ~500 kg. Long handle ended with wooden grip ensures the comfort of use. Additional, special ring entwined with jute string eases way of holding the cranequin on crossbow. The cranequin is made of steel.
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 elevator, 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.
An example of a cranequin can be found in Castello di San Giusto, in Italian city Triest.