Detail of a wood model of the castle.
Photo: Erik Lernestål, Skokloster Castle/SHM (CC BY).

Models of various kinds

There are several models in Wrangel's armoury, including of Wrangel’s castle Gripenberg and Skokloster. There are also models of military equipment and ships. These models were probably used as study and conversation pieces.

The Italian diplomat Lorenzo Magalotti noted when visiting Sweden in 1674 that Carl Gustaf Wrangel occupied himself with building models. There is unfortunately no written evidence that any of the models in the armoury were made by Wrangel.

Detail of a model.
Model of a mortar manufactured by Laurentius Mayer 1647. Once property of C. G. Wrangel. Length: 29,5 cm. Photo: Skokloster Castle/SHM (CC BY).
Detail of a model.
Model of a so called Cheval de frise, an obstacle against mounted soldiers. Model made in the second half of the 17th Century. Height: 21 cm. Photo: Jens Mohr, Skokloster Castle/SHM (CC BY).

The very detailed model of Skokloster Castle was made in 1657 in Pomerania, probably by the carpenter Barthel Volkland. The model was intended to complement the architect’s drawings and was to be used to facilitate the work of building the castle. Each floor can be lifted off to inspect the room layout.

A model of Skokloster Castle.
Photo: Jens Mohr, Skokloster Castle/SHM (CC BY).