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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Crossbow

Period:
16th Century
Description:
This kind of crossbow would have been used for hunting by sportsmen. Unlike the long bow, the cross bow can be held loaded for a long period making it ideal for a sportsman lying in wait for a deer. The lever underneath the tiller is the trigger which secures the nut holding the string when it is pulled back. This crossbow is highly decorated indicating that its owner was wealthy.
Place of Production:
Southern Germany
Materials/Media:
bone; steel, tiller; wood
Dimensions:
w 670mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/M15
Digital Number:
EAAM009n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council