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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Charging Spanner

Description:
A charging spanner was used for spanning the lock on firearms with a wheellock firing mechanism.  The ornate design of this example suggests that it would have belonged to a wealthy nobleman.  There is a ring near the centre through which a ribbon could be passed so that it could be carried around the neck.
Place of Production:
Northern Italy
Materials/Media:
steel and counterfeit-damascened in gold
Dimensions:
L 150mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/M19
Digital Number:
EAAM028n
Creation Date:
c.1600
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council