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Stone-bow
  • Stone-bow
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Steel, walnut and paint, carved
  • Length: 108 cm
    Length: 65.4 cm, span of bow
    Weight: 1.86 kg
  • A1048
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stone-bow or prodd, of large size; plain, steel bow, the cord missing. The columns of the foresight are spirally twisted, the arched backsight decorated with architectural mouldings.

    Plain stock or tiller of Italian walnut, with curved neck. A sea-horse facing a frog, both carved in full relief, are applied to the upper side. The stock terminates at both ends in finials of turned steel, that in front protruding from the mouth of a grotesque mask carved in the wood.

    The pivots of the catch are held by side-plates cut in the form of fleurs-de-lys. The trigger-lever is baluster-shaped in the centre, the rear end ornamented with a succession of circular members with sunk centres. This ornament is repeated on two triangular plates which reinforce the stock beneath the steel bridle securing the bow. These are united underneath and can be tightened by a screw instead of wedges. All the steel parts have been painted black.

    Italian, about 1590.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke (une arbalêt en bois sculpté orné du cheval Pegasse, 200 fr.; receipted bill, 2 September, 1868); A. Beurdeley.