The Wallace Collection

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  • Stone-bow
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Steel and walnut, carved
  • Length: 54.3 cm
    Length: 31.8 cm, span of bow
    Weight: 0.5 kg
  • Stamp: ': II : II I:' Possibly decoration
  • A1047
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Stone-bow or prodd, of small size. Slender, steel bow; the double string, with slings, remains. Walnut stock or tiller of square section with curved neck, the edges chamfered. The scroll-shaped projection on the upper surface is carved with a female head. On the neck immediately behind the bow is carved a grotesque mask, and another mask projects in front of the bow and originally held a steel spike. The flat butt or pommel is missing. Usual foresight pillars and arched steel backsight, the projection carrying the sighting notch is missing.

    The steel wedge on the underside of the stock which secures the bridle holding the bow, is stamped:

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    but this appears not to be a mark, but decoration. Baluster-shaped trigger-lever.

    Italian, about 1580.