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Stone-bow
  • Stone-bow
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1560 - c. 1600
  • Steel, walnut, antler and cord, engraved
  • Length: 77.5 cm
    Length: 57.7 cm, span of bow
    Weight: 4.41 kg
  • Maker's mark: 'HSB' with a bird below Stamped
    Inscription: 'G. S.' Engraved
  • A1050
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Stone-bow, or prodd, with a steel bow, the double string remaining.
    Stock of steel with a wooden butt. It is fitted with a pivoted lever for bending the bow which is superimposed on the stock (see also A1051). The thumb-piece of the lever is shaped as a scallop shell and the bar is stamped with a maker's mark. There is a gun-type trigger, but the lock is cocked by pressing a large rosette-shaped button on the underside of the tiller in front of the trigger-guard. Part of the mechanism is missing. Usual foresight pillars; folding backsight pierced with a simplified figure of a mermaid. The decoration is confined to slight, punched ornament and rosette-shaped bolt and rivet heads.

    Walnut butt with shaped cheek-piece, decorated with plaques of antler, and punched with dots and scrolls. Steel butt-plate roughly engraved with the initials G. S.

    German, about 1640.

    This type of bow was popular in Germany in the 17th century and numerous examples survive. Two are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (No. 129, 1889 and Currie Bequest). Three with the same mark are in the Musée de l'Armée, nos. L 128, 29, 130. One was in the collection of the late M. Pauilhac in Paris, another (perhaps the same) was in the Kuppelmayr sale, Munich, 1895, lot 519.

    The mark is Støckel No. f3133, 'about 1560-1600'. Other examples are in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, the National Museum, Copenhagen, and the German Historical Museum, Berlin.