Cranequin fesswise (Period)

Cranequin fesswise (Period)

A cranequin, or crannequin, is a portable rack-and-pinion winch, used to draw a crossbow; it was also called a “cranket”.  As an artifact, it dates from c.1370 [Singer 723]; as a charge, it was used as a badge by John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford (d.1513) [Siddons II.2 300].

The cranequin doesn’t seem to have a default orientation in Society armory:  the illustration shows a cranequin fesswise.

Sylvia Schirenhoferin bears:  Vert, a bison statant argent and on a chief doubly enarched Or a cranequin fesswise sable.

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