The Wallace Collection

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Crossbow
  • Crossbow
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, cord, walnut, ivory and horn, engraved
  • Length: 89 cm
    Length: 57 cm, span of bow
    Weight: 3.58 kg
  • Maker's mark Stamped
  • A1038
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Crossbow, the broad steel bow stamped with the maker's marks; bow-string of twisted cord; moulded steel loop at the top. The bow is bound to the stock with steel bands; beneath, a rivet with a heart-shaped head.

    Long, straight stock or tiller of plain walnut inlaid with a few small plaques of antler engraved with quatrefoils; steel trigger, trigger-guard and lugs. Their proximity to the nut indicates that it was meant to be spanned by a goat's-foot lever, not a cranequin (no. 1327). The nut is of ivory with a steel face. A hole on top of the stock, two inches in front of the nut, was used to set the tumbler which connected the nut with the gun-type trigger.

    German, about 1620.