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Old 11th February 2012, 01:02 PM  
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Default The famous Baumkircher Crossbow Preserved in the Vienna Imperial Armory

Author's photos, 1994.

This Late Gothic crossbow, Vienna A 108, ca. 1460-70, with painted composite horn bow is of unusual dimensions, denoting that its owner, knight Andreas Baumkircher, who was executed in 1471, was a man of enormous physique. His coat-of-arms, a church and a house, is painted on the underside of the bow against a read ground, amidst yellow rays against a green ground.

The second Late Gothic crossbow of about the same date is also preserved in Vienna, A 464; the long trigger indicates that the rear of the tiller (now heavily wormed) was originally ca. 10-15 cm longer.

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