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Stone-bow (rodd)
  • Stone-bow (rodd)
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1580
    19th century (stock)
  • Steel, gold and pear-wood, chased, etched, gilded, blackened and engraved
  • Length: 66.8 cm
    Length: 45.3 cm, span of bow
    Weight: 1.11 kg
  • A1045
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stone-bow or prodd, the bow decorated along its entire length on both sides with an etched design of trophies of arms, gilt on a blackened matt ground, and on the upper edge with a gilt scale ornament. The bow is bent back in a sharper double curve than usual, which may be due to overstrain. It retains its double string, with sling. The gilt foresight pillars are pivoted and the tips recurved.

    Stock or tiller of pear-wood with curved neck. The whole ornamented with carvings of Renaissance foliage and flutings in low relief; on the upper surface of the neck are two bearded masks, and on the underside a grotesque mask and fluting. On the upper surface of the stock near the butt is a projection carved in the round with a male head. The tip of the stock at the forward end terminates in a pyramidal spike of gilt steel. The butt has a flat octagonal end, carved with a cartouche within a border of guilloche ornament.

    Backsight, also gilt, of the usual arched form, but pierced with a peep-sight hold in addition to the usual notch. The bow-string catch and side plates are gilt and engraved with foliage and dotted ornament. Baluster-shaped trigger-lever chased and gilt.

    Italian, about 1580, the stock modern.

    L'Art Ancien, V, 585 and III, 368 ; exhibited Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, ? no. 1944; L'Art Pour Tous. 13e Année, no. 326, fig. 2901.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    Though of fine workmanship, the stock appears to be a reproduction of the 19th century.

    Parts of the curved portion of the stock bear traces of scratched decoration, older than the present decoration. Presumably this is due to the activities of Spitzer's craftsmen working on an older weapon.