Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Thanks for the additional images of the crossbow of Duke Ulrich of Württemberg dated 1460, which I introduced in post # 20.
It is preserved in the Met and is very unusual indeed in various respects.
The Met's description states that the bow does not belong originally, accounting for its small width, as well as the nut; it also gives some clues regarding the interpretation of the Hebrew inscription.
Yew wood was employed for making longbows for arrows, so your identification of the tiller being of yew wood is remarkable.