Join Date: Jan 2011
The second piece is this early Ė mid 16th century crossbow with a double axle lock, probably not a weapon made in Sweden, but an import from somewhere in Germany.
Itís a very special crossbow. Itís not a composite bow with horn, wood and sinew, but a wood and sinew only bow. I donít know for sure, but I guess that the bow is made of yew wood.
The tiller is probably made in pear wood that is stained black to make more contrast to the long white horn/bone plates on the sides and top.
The string is not the original but the bolt clip could be genuine. The bow is not covered with the usual printed birch bark cover, except for the middle where scrap pieces of printed birch bark is used under the hemp string that binds the bow to the tiller. My guess is that stained parchment strips are glued to the bow as decoration. The parchment is only used over the sinew so the wood is fully visible at the back.
It is also located today at Livrustkammaren in Stockholm, Sweden.