A Saxon crossbow with bone inlays, early 17th century
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DescriptionHeavy, polished steel prod (ground), the mark of a wheel with a sun burst stamped on the inside on the right. Original anchors and originally knotted hemp bowstring. Tassels of green woollen pompoms. The bellied tiller in ebonised wood with engraved and blackened bone inlays. Finely engraved arabesques (re-cut in places). The original nut made of antler and secured with thread. Multi-axle lock, hair set trigger with folding, adjustable trigger shoe and ridged, iron trigger guard. Remnants of decorative gilt etching can still be seen on the cranequin lug and the underside of the lock components. An iron ball screw added to the bone butt cap while still in use. The bolt channel and back sight have been lost. Slightly damaged in places, old repairs. Width of the bow 60 cm, length 65 cm. Includes a medieval crossbow bolt with an oak shaft (the fletches are missing), length 37 cm.
Original bowstring, the half-powered well used, made with good quality materials.
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