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Old 7th December 2008, 12:53 PM   #16
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Default Probably the earliest Gothic crossbow in existence, ca. 1350

Preserved at the City museum of Cologne, Germany.

In the first picture, the bow is of course inversed; this had been corrected by the time the second picture was taken.

The open curve of the composite bow is due to not having had a string attached for hundreds of years.

The detached bow of a huge wall crossbow also at the Cologne museum.

Michael
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