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Matchlock 30th March 2011 04:05 PM

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A bolt quiver, early 16th c., in the Netherlands Army Museum (Legermuseum).

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Matchlock 30th March 2011 04:18 PM

A Fine Late Gothic Crossbow, ca. 1470
 
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In the Legermuseum Delft, The Netherlands (ex Visser colln.).

Matchlock 6th April 2011 04:55 PM

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The description.

Matchlock 6th April 2011 05:01 PM

A Rare Type of Latest Gothic Crossbow, Dated 1528
 
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In the Legermuseum Delft.

Matchlock 9th April 2011 06:59 PM

A Brunswick Crossbow, ca. 1475, a Quiver and Bolts
 
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All in the Higgins Armory, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Best,
Michael

Carlo Paggiarino 27th April 2011 03:18 PM

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The wooden tiller completely covered by carved and part colored ivory plaques. The arms are those of Fels-Colonna, The Tyrol.
Note the mark on the tiller trigger.

Michael


Micheal,
do you need better images of the crossbow?
I may have a few!
Cheers.
Carlo

junker 28th April 2011 09:18 AM

book
 
Hi Michael,
is the book which is mentioned in the article of the soester museum already availible ?
Dirk

Matchlock 17th May 2011 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Carlo Paggiarino
Micheal,
do you need better images of the crossbow?
I may have a few!
Cheers.
Carlo



Hi Carlo,

Please forgive my not responding any earlier but my computer was down by virus.

Yes, I would be glad to receive better images and have sent you a PM.

Thanks and best,
Michael

Matchlock 17th May 2011 04:00 PM

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Hi Michael,
is the book which is mentioned in the article of the soester museum already availible ?
Dirk



Hi Dirk,

I cannot seem to find the article on the Soest Museum you referred to - could you please link me with the quotation?

Best,
Michael

Matchlock 18th August 2011 05:08 PM

An Etremely Rare German 15th C. Late Gothic Wall Crossbow
 
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... at Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, sold September 2010.

Please note the Gothic ornaments painted on the bow.

Best,
Michael

Micke D 21st August 2011 12:09 PM

Thank you Michael!

I have seen this one before, and must say that I was a bit sceptic about it.
But know when I see that it is a wallarmbrust I'm okay with it.

Micke Dahlström,
Stockholm Lockbow Society,
Sweden

Matchlock 22nd August 2011 02:08 PM

Hi there,

I overlooked to point out that the nut on these heavy wall crossbows is not of bone as usual but of cast bronze or brass.

And Micke: thanks for agreeing! :)

Best,
Michael

Swordfish 4th September 2011 11:00 AM

Hallo,

the nut of this wall-crossbow is neither of bone nor of brass, but of hardwood as described in the catalgue.

Regards
Susi

fernando 4th September 2011 01:21 PM

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A Portuguese cavalry crossbow, used by King Dom Sebastião (1557-1578) personal mounted guard. The brass initial S can be seen on the stock.

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fernando 4th September 2011 01:29 PM

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A couple of crossbow bolts ( XV and XVI century) of many found outside the walls of São Jorge castle, in Lisbon.

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Matchlock 10th September 2011 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by fernando
A Portuguese cavalry crossbow, used by King Dom Sebastião (1557-1578) personal mounted guard. The brass initial S can be seen on the stock.

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Thank you so much, 'Nando,

This sort of early Renaissance crossbows first of all appeared in Northern Italy, with one of the earliest being made for Maximilian I in about 1508, and the style was soon adopted in Spain in the 1530's and later in Portugal.

The one you illustrated can be safely attributed to ca. 1570. There are simillar but earlier samples preserved in the Real Armería Madrid, coming from Charles V's armory. The oldest features of these are the long 'Gothic' trigger which of course by then was just a trigger guard.


Best,
Michl

Matchlock 10th September 2011 06:21 PM

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A couple of crossbow bolts ( XV and XVI century) of many found outside the walls of São Jorge castle, in Lisbon.

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It's interesting to see how similar these bolt tips were made all over the Western world, from the Roman to the Renaissance period, over 2,000 years.

Best,
Michl

Matchlock 17th September 2011 03:21 AM

A Gothic Crossbow, South Tyrol, ca. 1480
 
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Preserved at Schloß Runkelstein near Bozen, South Tyrol.

Best,
Michael

Matchlock 22nd September 2011 05:18 PM

Some more 15th c. period artwork on crossbows and bolts
 
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Enjoy.

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Matchlock 22nd September 2011 05:25 PM

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More.

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Matchlock 22nd September 2011 05:35 PM

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More.

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Matchlock 22nd September 2011 05:36 PM

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More.

Matchlock 22nd September 2011 06:00 PM

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The rest.

Best,
Michael

Matchlock 22nd September 2011 07:08 PM

An Especially Fine Gothic Crossbow, ca. 1460, Swiss Country Museum Zurich
 
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I owe these images to my friend and our member Alexander (Spiridonov) - thank you you much, Alexander! ;)

Please note the unique cross section photos of the various glued layers on the inside of a Gothic composite bow and the special stamped pattern on the bow surface!

Best,
Michael

Matchlock 17th October 2011 04:24 PM

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An unusually fine Tyrolean example offered by Peter Finer in 2009.

The zooms enable perfect studies of the variety of Gothic patterns that the bow covering is stamped with!

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Matchlock 17th October 2011 04:27 PM

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The rest.

fernando 17th October 2011 04:33 PM

Magnificent !!!

Matchlock 17th October 2011 04:57 PM

Thank you, 'Nando!

The zooms were sent to me by Peter just to inform me. :cool: :eek:

Best,
Michl

Matchlock 25th October 2011 06:00 PM

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Some period artwork, a South German woodcut of 1513.

Best,
Michael

fernando 30th October 2011 04:20 PM

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A few images of early crossbows.

1 - Hunting with a XII century crossbow. The bow was already of the composite type. The stock is very short, so that the shooter had to extend his arm to aim. At the Lisbon National Archives.
2 - Crossbowman at rest. First half XVI century. At the National Museum of Antique Art.
3 - No ID.
4 - No ID.
5 - A Portuguese crossbowman. One of the famous bronzes of Benin(Dahomey). Mid XV century. 40 cms. high. The care taken by the artist in the details is notable, to the extent of clearly showing the "armatoste" (arming device) hanging from from the soldier's waist.
6 - "Caça de boi" (hunting with ox). So called because the hunter hides behind a structure covered with an ox skin, to easier approach the game. A tile panel in the São Vicente de Fora Monastery. First half XVIII century.

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