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Old 14th April 2012, 11:56 PM   #120
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Default An Early-16th C. Crossbow in a Piece of Period Artwork of 1518-9

From the Herrenberg Altarpiece, painted by Jörg Ratgeb in 1518-9, now in the Staatsgalererie Stuttgart.

Please note that this plain Landsknecht crossbow is mounted with the characteristic early-16th c. steel bow and the tiller is depicted 'in the white', in its natural state and unvarnished, which of course was the cheapest possible version.

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