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Escaping Handle


Escaping Handle

A small, turned instrument made out of wood which has a spiral shape cut into the handle to facilitate the movement through of the rope as the user enjoys a controlled descent to the ground. Bargrave obtained this object from a "High Dutch captain" in Augsburg and in his own words suggested that it was "useful in time of war for a prisoner to make his escape, by sliding down by a wall of any hight on a cord that shall not gall the hands, but the person may slide faster or softlier as he pleaseth…"

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