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Quiver with crossbow bolts
  • Quiver with crossbow bolts
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1470
  • Wood, hide, iron, hair and leather
  • Height: 41.7 cm, quiver
    Width: 15.8 cm, quiver, at base
    Length: 33 cm, shortest shaft
    Length: 49.5 cm, longest shaft
  • A1061
  • European Armoury III
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  • Quiver, for crossbow bolts or quarrels. Convex on one side and flat behind, widening slightly at the bottom, made of wood covered with raw hide, which in parts still retains the hair. The mouth, below which is a grotesque face, is covered with hardened leather; the back is reinforced by a sheet of iron; the cover or lid is missing.

    Exhibited with it are ten crossbow bolts: four have triangular-barbed heads of iron, three have spear-shaped heads, and three more of like form but of stouter make. The shafts, which vary in length from 33.0 to 49.5 are fletched with thin wood.

    German, about 1470.

    Viollet-le-Duc (VI, 352-3 and V, 25) gives the quiver to the 16th century, but it may date from the 15th; see Boeheim 429, fig. 508. Quivers of this kind are not uncommon in old German armouries. One is at Churburg (Trapp and Mann, no. 347).

    Provenance: Louis Carrand (dix vir[e]tons ou traits d'arbalêtes, 800 fr. (part); receipted bill, 12 November, 1868); both quiver and bolts come from the collection of the Comte de Nieuwerkerke.