German Crossbow

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.
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Southern Germany
Dimensions :
w 670mm
Materials :
bone; steel, tiller; wood
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Copyright :
East Ayrshire Council
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