The Wallace Collection

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Stone-bow
  • Stone-bow
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Steel and walnut, carved and chiselled
  • Length: 94.5 cm
    Length: 61.5 cm, span of bow
    Weight: 1.31 kg
  • A1049
  • European Armoury III
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  • Stone-bow or prodd, with a plain steel bow, the string missing. Two slender columns for the foresight.

    Plain stock or tiller of Italian walnut, with curved neck. On the upper side is a prominent, scroll-shaped projection, the front of which is carved with a grotesque mask. The neck is reinforced behind the bow with two fluted steel plates. The forward end terminates in a quadrangular point tipped with steel.

    Arch-shaped, pivoted backsight; this latter and the mechanism releasing the string are chiselled with Renaissance ornament. Trigger-lever with baluster mouldings.

    Italian, about 1600.